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I am very excited to announce our Fall Music and the Arts Calendar! We hope to create many new inspirational moments in both worship and performance settings.
First, join us for the complete Bach Motet Project featuring all six of the glorious Lutheran Motets (highly varied choral music), which have not been performed in Kansas City for several decades. Also, our Bach Cantata Series resumes with the celebration of Reformation on Saturday, October 26. Additionally, our own Dr. Anna Myeong will be returning to give a solo recital on our magnificent Quimby Pipe Organ.
Finally, no Holiday Season is complete without Handel’s Messiah and there is no better way to experience this classic tradition than with the Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra, the Trinity Choir, and guest Kansas City area high school choirs in the beauty of Helzberg Hall! I invite you to use this
brochure as a guide to the many events happening this fall.
Ben A. Spalding, Director of Music and the Arts
Director of Music and the Arts
Ben A. Spalding is the founder and artistic director of the Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra, 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 the Spire Chamber Ensemble, Spalding is Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, Kansas, where he has built one of the most prestigious concert series and arts programs in the Kansas City area.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Anna Myeong received her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Yonsei University in 1990. She studied organ with Myung-Ja Cho, Hee-Sung Kim, and In-Hyung Cho in Korea. In 1996, Anna and her family moved to Oregon, where her husband completed his Ph.D. degree in chemistry. While in Oregon, she took organ lessons from Barbara Baird at the University of Oregon in Eugene. After her family moved to Kansas City, she resumed organ study at the University of Kansas (KU) with James Higdon, earning degrees of Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts. After she received her doctoral degree in 2010, she was appointed an organ instructor at KU.
As a concert organist, Dr. Myeong has given numerous recitals in North America and Europe including programs at Washington National Cathedral in DC, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Princeton University Chapel, Harvard University Adolphus Busch Hall, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Trinity Church in Boston, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In the summer 2010, she had an organ recital tour in England that included Westminster Abbey in London, Coventry Cathedral, and St. Paul’s church in Birmingham. She is currently the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church.