A Concert Responding to Gun Violence: Faure’s REQUIEM

THE SPIRE SERIES | MARCH 24, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.

The Spire Series will present a concert honoring the precious lives lost to gun violence in Baltimore, while uplifting the good work of those dedicated to creating a brighter future, most especially BUILD and Turnaround Tuesday. BUILD's job movement has secured 638 placements with area employers such as University of MD and The Johns Hopkins University and medical institutions.

Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir with orchestra, will present Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem. Renowned Baltimore bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, will offer selected solo works, and the audience will join in singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing". The choir will also present Faure’s "Cantique de Jean Racine", Sevier’s powerful arrangement of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", and G.E. Burleigh’s setting of the spiritual, "Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land".

We are collaborating with the Family Survivor Network, a grass-roots organization in Sandtown-Winchester that offers therapeutic support for families impacted by violence. Three of their members, who are victims, will speak during the concert.
There will be 309 purple ribbons, signifying each homicide victim in Baltimore in 2018, and sixteen portraits of murdered sons and daughters of Baltimore by William Brown, son of Millie Brown, founder of Baltimore’s Tears of a Mother’s Cry.

Tickets, available at the door or through The Spire Series PayPal, are a minimum of $10 per person. A freewill offering will be taken during the concert to support BUILD's Turnaround Tuesday.

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