Baltimore Piano Marathon Concert

Featuring eight superb solo pianists from the Greater Baltimore/Washington area with a new artist taking the stage every thirty minutes.

Radio station WBJC announcers Kati Harrison and Mark Malinowski will appear live as co-MCs for the event.

On Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., The Spire Series is thrilled to be presenting the Second Annual Baltimore Piano Marathon Concert in the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church sanctuary. This event will be hosted by two beloved Maryland classical radio personalities - Kati Harrison and Mark Malinowski of WBJC. A new artist will take the stage every thirty minutes, with Kati & Mark introducing each performer and offering insights into the music.

A minimum donation of $10 per person may be made at the door.

The Artists and Programs:

2:00 PM: Lura Johnson
Steinway Artist; Principal Pianist of Delaware Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.

Selected Preludes & Fueges, Book 1


2:30 PM: Chad Bowles
Chair of the Piano Department at Peabody Prep.; Co-Director of the Peabody Piano Academy.

Marcello/Wild: Adagio

Gounod/Liszt: Rêverie sur un motif de l'opéra Romeo et Juliette

Verdi/Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Ernani

3:00 PM: Seth Schultheis
Senior, Baltimore School for the Arts; Scholarship Recipient; Manhattan School of Music Precollage Division.

Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39
              No. 5 in E-flat minor
              No. 8 in D minor
              No. 9 in D Major

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35: Book I

3:30 PM: Ronaldo Rolim and Xiaohui Yang
Two internationally-acclaimed artists; Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim and Chinese pianist Xiaohui Yang join forces in repertoire for four hands.

Two French Suites for Four Hands
Fauré: Dolly
Ravel: Ma mère l’oye


4:00 PM: Jennifer Nicole Campbell

Performer and composer; 1st prize winner 1000 Islands International Chopin Piano Competition; Presser Scholar and Peabody Alumni Award; pupil of Brian Ganz.

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
(solo piano arrangement by Gershwin)
Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes
Campbell: Variations on Amazing Grace (2017)

4:30 PM: Michael Sheppard
Baltimore based concert artist of international acclaim; Faculty, Peabody Conservatory and Baltimore School for the Arts.

Rachmaninoff: Corelli variations


5:00 PM: Matthew Palumbo
First prize, Chopin Foundation of the U.S. International Competition; Faculty, International School of Music, Bethesda, Maryland; Peabody Conservatory Alumnus.

Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein."


5:30 PM: Shaun Tirrell
International concert pianist; Peabody Conservatory Alumnus; Owner of PianoCraft, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques No. 7)

            Vallée d'Obermann (Première année: Suisse)

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