Described as being able to “draw musical traditions of the past and present into renewed conversations about the importance of life and values,” Musica Spira (Music Breathes) is an emerging artist-run ensemble that was founded in 2016. Their mission is to capture the essence of life’s stories with innovative musical programming that makes baroque music relevant to issues in contemporary society. Co-directors Grace Srinivasan (soprano) and Paula Maust (harpsichord and organ), both Peabody graduates, manage the ensemble and hire additional artists for programs as needed. Based in the Baltimore, MD-Washington, D.C. area, they present a diverse array of engaging programs each season. Last season included performances of “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women Who Defied the Odds” and “In Pursuit of Fidelity” in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upcoming programs include “But They Are At Peace: Music for the Feast of All Souls” for eight voices and organ and “Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque” for soprano and harpsichord.