Monday, July 2 6:45 – 8:15pm
Tuesday, July 3 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ben A. Spalding has quickly established himself as an exemplary conductor, creative programmer, composer, arranger, keyboard artist, and arts entrepreneur whose skills are increasingly in demand. He has led the Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra to acclaimed success, receiving rave reviews for his work with the music of contemporary American composers as well as historically-informed interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. He was a student of renowned conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope, and has also studied conducting and church music with Sir David Willcocks in Cambridge. 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 and is known for his creative improvisations. 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 region.