The mission of Arts Under the Spire is two-fold:
- To offer our unique neo-Gothic Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland to showcase a variety of musical styles and to become a focal point for quality music offerings to the community
- To feature the distinguished Rosales pipe organ and focus on new ways of presenting enhanced organ music by involving artists and composers who can create new instrumental sound experiences
Arts Under the Spire support team members and volunteers include: Linda Carter, Coordinator; Carrie Besso, Diane Hill, Louise Hill and Cindy Whalen. We are grateful for the many friends and members of First Presbyterian Church who help to make our concerts successful.
Suggested Donation is $15-$20 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
SUNDAY, June 26 - Majesty & Fireworks
Handel: Sonata in F
Picchi: Toccata for Organ
Tomasi: Semaine Sainte a Cuzco
Duruflé: Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le thème 'Veni Creator Spiritus' (organ)
Phillips: March for Trumpet & Organ
Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey
Williams: The Southern Delegation
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Sunday, May 15, 4PM - The Leon Joyce Trio
Leon Joyce Jr., a native of Meriden, Connecticut. As a drummer Leon has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conte Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Pete Fountain, Barbara Morrison, Patti LaBelle & Mary Wilson. Leon is currently a regular with the Leon Joyce Trio, Quartet and Quintet, the Sista Monica Band, the Jamie Davis Quintet, and the 57th Street Galley House Band. He also freelances in and around the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas with numerous other artists.
Leon has appeared at many of the top International Jazz Festivals, including Montreaux & Lugano Jazz Festivals in Switzerland and the Villingen Swing/Jazz Festival in Germany. Nationally, he has appeared in the Monterey Jazz and Blues, Playboy Jazz and JVC Jazz Festivals in California, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in Louisiana & the JVC Jazz Festival in Colorado. Locally he has appeared in the Chicago Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival & the South Shore Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Carmel Jazz Fest.