About the Ensemble
Spire Chamber Ensemble
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.
With acclaimed organist Jan Kraybill, we focus on repertoire for voices and organ, while balancing out programming with a cappella pieces and period performance chamber oratorios featuring the newly formed Spire Baroque Orchestra, constructed of the finest players in the country who also travel to Kansas City for each performance. Concerts venues include the Community of Christ Peace Temple (Independence, MO) Trinity Lutheran Church (Mission, KS) and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO).
So far, Spire has been fortunate enough to include on its roster members who also sing with Chanticleer, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Kansas City Chorale, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Phoenix Chorale, and Trinity Wall Street, among other organizations.
Repertoire performed to date includes: "Lux Aeterna" (Lauridsen), "Chichester Psalms" (Bernstein), "Requiem" (Durufle), "St. John and St. Matthew Passions" (J. S. Bach), "Canticles" (Tarik O'Regan), Missa Brevis (Kodály), "B Minor Mass" (J. S. Bach) with the REBEL Baroque Orchestra "All-Night Vigil" (Rachmaninoff), "Messiah (Handel) and motets by Bruckner, Brahms, Allegri, Stanford, Gabriel Jackson, Rachmaninoff, Jonathan Dove, Ola Gjeilo and more.