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are a family of classical musicians who present concerts in which
“serious” music is made accessible to all listeners.
We do this by performing a variety of music — some in humorous
and creative ways, all out of love for the music and the message
it carries. We take our music making very seriously, while attempting
to not take ourselves seriously at all.
Our family also has a love of world cultures and is passionate
about seeking justice for all people of the world, living simply
and peacefully, and connecting communities around the globe. We
carry these concerns into our music, so portions of our concerts
may be devoted to sub-themes of compassion, social justice and sustainable
We (John, Mary, Kresha and Katie Frankhauser) live in Spokane,
Washington, and for more than twenty years have been active in the
Spokane musical arts community. In addition, each of us has served
in leadership roles in churches and mission organizations. This
has led our family to work in countries from Brazil to South Africa
and has cultivated a greater sense of global citizenship for each
member of the family.
This concert series is borne out of John’s long-time dream
to present concerts of diverse and well-crafted music in a creative,
light-hearted setting. He has hoped to integrate Christian faith
into the fabric of a concert without becoming “preachy”
in the process. That dream has also included performing music that
acknowledges the injustices and suffering of people around the world.
The dream took years to unfold, but in the interim another aspect
of the dream emerged: making the concerts a family event with father
and daughters as performers. In other words, John took a twenty-five
year hiatus to raise his own troupe, an undertaking that seems to
have succeeded very well!
There is a Latin phrase, soli deo gloria, which succinctly
describes why we do what we do; we want to bring glory to God in
everything we do by using the specific gifts and passions which
have been given us.
We are excited and energized by the huge success of our opening
concert, presented at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. We believe
our concerts are particularly appropriate for church groups who
would enjoy a musical presentation integrating music, faith and
justice themes, as well as for college settings where students could
benefit from a presentation of classical music through creative
and entertaining programming.
For more information about us as performers, please see our individual
pages. For more information about our family and our involvements,
see our Frankhauser family website.