We are a Community of Music…
“To the Master of music and loveliness: Praise, Power, Dominion Forever!”
-from Praise by Aidan Clarke
The Spire Series 2013-2014 Season
The Spire Series is committed to presenting both musical and visual artists and fostering community, while celebrating the unique space at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. Receptions are an integral part of the programs, where the audience and artists meet and are treated as our honored guests.
A reception follows each program.
Candlelight Choral Concert
15 December 2013 - 4 p.m.
"the flow of events was seamless...a harmonious and spiritually fulfilling event!"
~B. Brown, performer & Peabody Conservatory Staff
The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir & Soloists
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Jason Kissel, conductor
Join the First & Franklin community for this beloved Mt. Vernon musical tradition! The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir with professional instrumentalists will present Camille Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and other seasonal choral works in the ambient beauty of the church's Victorian Gothic sanctuary.
Voice & Piano Concert
7 March 2014 - 8 p.m.
Theodora Hanslowe, mezzo soprano & Mark Markham, piano
"a warm, supple and richly expressive voice...and commanding stage presence."
~The Washington Post
Internationally-acclaimed Theodora Hanslowe’s career has included starring roles at the Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious venues, in works of Mozart, Rossini, Gounod, Berlioz and others. Baltimore Opera audiences will recall her heartfelt Sister Helen Prejean in Jack Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She is also a distinguished recitalist and has appeared with major symphony orchestras all over the world, including the BSO.
She is joined in this program by her frequent fellow-artist, pianist Mark Markham, whose distinguished achievements as a collaborative pianist include a long-time association with legendary soprano Jessye Norman.
This program, entitled Dreams, Reality and Sanctuary will feature works by W.A. Mozart, Gabriel Faure & Richard Strauss, followed by an eclectic all-American second half, including songs by John Musto, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Dominick Argento, Charles Ives & Cole Porter.
“Berlioz: Les nuits d'été Le Spectre de la rose” (Download MP3)
16 May 2014 - 8 p.m.
Dr. Joe Utterback, piano
"Utterback's style is incredibly varied...sophisticated and endlessly inventive."
"Utterback's solo, a Porgy & Bess medley full of pyrotechnics, brought down the house."
~Dorien News Review, Connecticut
Celebrated American jazz pianist, composer and recording artist "Dr. Joe" Utterback is a featured performer throughout the US. From the Tony Awards dinners in New York City to music festivals across the country, his high-energy piano jazz delights audiences. Joe infuses familiar blues, ballads, Broadway and jazz classics with a captivating, dynamic style.