Sunday, June 4 | 3:00 pm | Sara Davis Buchner

Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Baltimore native, pianist Sara Davis Buechner makes a long overdue return to Baltimore and is one of the most original concert pianists and storytellers of our time. Sara, who is a proud transgender woman, will help us kick off Pride Month 2023.

Learn more about Sara Davis Buechner: http://saradavisbuechner.com/

Welcome to the 2022-23 Spire Series Season! We are committed to building community through the presentation of extraordinary performance artists in one of Baltimore's most beautiful sacred spaces. The Series features local, national, and international talent and includes both free and paid concerts.


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(2022-2023 Season)

 Friday, Sept. 30 | 7:30pm Joshua Diaz & Mark Markham

Mexican American tenor Joshua Diaz partners with pianist Mark Markham in music by John Carter, Henri Duparc, and Richard Strauss, along with his interpretation of mariachi songs, a reflection of his family’s heritage.

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Friday, Oct. 21 | 7:30pm Bach by Candlelight, Wade Davis

Wade Davis, a Baltimore-based baroque cellist is in high demand as a solo performer and chamber music collaborator. He regularly performs with the Washington Bach Consort and the Folger Consort.

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Sunday, Dec. 11 | 4:00pm Candlelight Choral Concert

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir with conductor Jason Kissel are joined by harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, US Armed Forces Brass, and organist Kathie Metz in this annual concert of choral music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Opening with a stunning setting of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, the concert will feature John Rutter’s Gloria along with other music of the season.

Sunday, March 19 | 2:30pm The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet

The father-son team of Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo, blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music, joined by Alex Lacquement (bass, banjo) and Rachel Eddy (fiddle, guitar, vocals, banjo).

More about Ken & Brad Kolodner: https://www.kenandbrad.com/

Friday, April 21 | 7:30 pm Jessica Tong & Michael Sheppard

Jessica Tong, violinist, and Michael Sheppard, pianist, share a rare, singular vision in their approach to music-making and have presented adventurous programs that integrate both well-loved and lesser-known masterpieces for violin and piano.

Thursday, May 25 | 7:00 pm

Armstrong Honors Recital

The Armstrong Honors Recital will feature selected students of the Class of 2023 from the Baltimore School for the Arts. This recital is named for one of Baltimore’s great educators and BSA founder, Margaret Armstrong.

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