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Grace Cathedral
Topeka, KS
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We hope you liked the Spire Ensemble and their presentation of Bach's Motets at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. Check out other upcoming concerts at the Cathedral at www.GreatSpaces.org


J.S. Bach's motets are considered by some his most demanding vocal works and symbolize the pinnacle of the Baroque genre. Experience eight of North America's finest early music vocalists perform these extraordinary pieces one-to-a-part in the great neo-Gothic Grace Cathedral in downtown Topeka.  The Cathedral's wonderful acoustic boasts 4.5 seconds of reverberation--ideal for choral music.  

"Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" BWV 225
"Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" BWV 226
"Jesu, meine Freude" BWV 227
"F├╝rchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir" BWV 228
"Komm, Jesu, komm" BWV 229
"Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden" BWV 230

The Spire Chamber Ensemble was founded in 2010 as one of the only regional choral groups bringing together some of the best choral artists from around the United States and Canada to Kansas City for a specific concert. Each choral artist has learned the specific program independently and is exacting in their craft. We also attain our distinct and exquisite sound utilizing countertenors to sing alto parts. With the creative and artistic skills of founder and conductor, Ben A. Spalding, and just a few days of intense rehearsals, a collage of beauty and transformative sound is created. The alchemy of these masterful individuals come together to create the Spire Chamber Ensemble.

Ben A. Spalding is the founder and artistic director of the Spire Chamber Ensemble, which is gaining a national reputation for excellence in choral performances. He received undergraduate degrees in voice and piano from Emporia State University and two Master's Degrees in conducting and composition from Rowan University. He was a student of renowned conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope, and has also studied conducting with Terry Barham and Sir David Willcocks in Cambridge. Spalding is up and coming as a professional choral conductor, working with the best choral artists in the country and gaining a reputation as a fine interpreter of both early and contemporary repertoire. He is sought after as a clinician, most recently leading Festivals and Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Spalding is also active as a composer, regularly accepting commissions. As an educator, he has held positions at the high school and university levels. In addition to his work with Spire Chamber Ensemble, Spalding is Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, KS, where he has built one of the most prestigious concert series and arts programs in the Kansas City area.


Grace Cathedral (View)
701 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 10
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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