Seraphic Fire announces 2018 – 2019 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fri, Mar 2, 2018

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MIAMI – Seraphic Fire, Miami-based GRAMMY® nominated vocal ensemble, announces today its 2018 – 2019 Season comprised of eight South Florida programs and three national tours that include a residency at Aspen Music Festival and School, and expanded concert series in Boca Raton and Cutler Bay at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Guest artist collaborations include concerts with American Brass Quintet in October 2018 and with Boston-based conductor and WGBH Public Television host Anthony Trecek-King.

“Following an introspective musical exploration of human resilience in 2017-2018, our new season looks outward into various cultures and brings them to life through diverse and innovative programs,” says Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “At the core of our artistic logic is South Florida’s rich cultural heritage that melds various traditions into dynamic experiences we hope to showcase throughout our 17th Season.”

Seraphic Fire’s groundbreaking Professional Choral Institute (PCI) at Aspen Music Festival and School opens the new season in August 2018. PCI is the only summer program in the country designed to prepare emerging artists to work in the growing industry of professional ensemble singing. As ensemble-in-residence, Seraphic Fire will present three performances — Mozart’s Requiem; This is Seraphic Fire (a presentation that features Florida audience favorites); and a Professional Choral Institute Performance of music by Fauré, Gabrieli, Rheinberger, and Pärt.

“PCI facilitates a smooth transition into the professional world for our country’s next generation of choral artists,” says Executive Director Rhett M. Del Campo. “Aspen Music Festival and School provides them with state-of-the-art facilities in which to pursue studies and connections with the country’s finest musicians, both of which will equip them for glowing professional success.”

Presenting a multi-cultural exploration of chamber vocal literature, Seraphic Fire begins in October 2018 its South Florida subscription series with American Brass Quintet in a voyage that traverses Spain’s storied Camino de Santiago through the music of Victoria, Guerrero, and other Spanish composers. In January 2019, the exploration resumes with “I Have A Dream: Music from the African-American Tradition,” with guest conductor Anthony Trecek-King. E. J. Yoon, Artistic Director of the National Chorus of Korea, then leads the ensemble in March 2019 for a program that showcases Korean art song and folk song arrangements. Finally, in April 2019, Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, concludes Seraphic Fire’s around-the-world exploratory with the indigenous sounds of Cuba, Bolivia, and Peru in Barroco: Latin American Baroque.

Characterized by South Florida Classical Review for nuanced and virtuosic interpretations of plainchant, Seraphic Fire returns to the ancient sacred style in November 2018 with a special presentation that features only male voices singing the transcendent Medieval literature. And, complementing this special presentation is an all-women program in February 2019 that recreates Antonio Vivaldi’s 17th Century Ospedalle della Pietà performances of concerti for treble voices and Baroque instruments.

For 16 years, Seraphic Fire has awed listeners with its musically absorbing holiday tradition, A Seraphic Fire Christmas. This annual GRAMMY® nominated event led by Associate Conductor James K. Bass features Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, in which artists surround the audience to perform a mesmerizing cannon, as well as unique arrangements of popular traditional carols.

“We take great pride in connecting with so many communities of different spiritual beliefs during the holiday season,” says James K. Bass. “Singing to sold-out houses every December has been equally transformative to audience members and artists, and we look toward to connecting with our friends on a very personal level.”

Bass also leads Seraphic Fire’s end-of-season program in May 2019 through selections of American works that call for unity and peace during times of conflict.

Subscriptions go on sale on Fri, Mar 2, 2018. Packages are available online at SeraphicFire.org and on the phone at 305.285.9060.

2018 – 2019 SOUTH FLORIDA PERFORMANCES

Oct 2019
A Spanish Pilgrimage with American Brass Quintet


Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

American Brass Quintet, “high priests of brass” (Newsweek), and Seraphic Fire explore the rich Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass. Join the ensembles as they journey across Camino de Santiago via the music of Victoria, Morales, Guerrero, and a world-premiere, O Antiphons, by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie.

Wed, Oct 17, 7:30pm |Miami
Thu, Oct 18, 7:30pm | Boca Raton
Fri, Oct 19, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Oct 20, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Oct 21, 4:00pm | Cutler Bay*

*Not available on subscription

Made possible by New Mown Hay LLC in memory of Rudolf Stegelmann. O Antiphons supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nov 2018
Chant for Men’s Voices


Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Prince Carlo Gesualdo’s expressive madrigals and seemingly-futuristic chromaticism dominate this program that journeys through Medieval chant traditions.

Thu, Nov 8, 7:00pm | Miami Beach
Fri, Nov 9, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Nov 10, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale

Made possible by Edmundo Pérez-de Cobos

Dec 2018
A Seraphic Fire Christmas


James K. Bass, conductor

Angelic voices sing your favorite English carols and transcendent chant in Florida’s own GRAMMY® nominated holiday experience.

Thu, Dec 6, 7:30pm | Boca Raton
Fri, Dec 7, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Dec 8, 7:30pm | Miami Beach
Sun, Dec 9, 7:00pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Wed, Dec 12, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Dec 13, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Dec 14, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sun, Dec 16, 4:00pm | Cutler Bay*
*Not available on subscription

Made possible by the Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation

Jan 2019
I Have A Dream: Music from the African-American Tradition


Anthony Trecek-King, conductor

Seraphic Fire returns to America’s first true concert music. Highlighting both solemn melodies and exhilarating rhythms, the ensemble presents the breadth and depth of African-American spiritual literature.

Tue, Jan 15, 7:00pm | Naples
Wed, Jan 16, 7:30pm | Miami Beach
Thu, Jan 17, 7:30pm | Boca Raton
Fri, Jan 18, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Jan 19, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Jan 20, 4:00pm | Cutler Bay*

*Not available on subscription.

Made possible by The Clinton Family Fund, Martha & Bruce Clinton

Feb 2019 Vivaldi and the Pietà

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Patrick Dupré Quigley and the women of Seraphic Fire recreate Antonio Vivaldi’s famed 17th Century Ospedalle della Pietà performances in this program of his concerti for treble voices accompanied by Baroque chamber instruments.

Wed, Feb 13, 7:30pm | Boca Raton
Thu, Feb 14, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Feb 15, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Feb 16, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale

Made possible by Marty Davis & Alix Ritchie

Mar 2019
Korean Choral Treasures
E. J. Yoon, conductor

Seraphic Fire shines the spotlight on gems of East Asia in this not-to-be-missed event that brings South Korea to South Florida.

Wed, Mar 13, 7:30pm | Miami

Fri, Mar 15, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Mar 16, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Mar 17, 4:00pm | Miami Beach
Made possible by Robert W. Baylis, MD & Christopher D. Gaba; and David L. Webb & W. Lynn McLaughlin

Apr 2019
Barroco: Latin American Baroque


Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

This program showcases the rediscovered sounds of Cuba, Bolivia, and Peru through ancient music that blends indigenous rhythms and instruments with European traditions.

Fri, Apr 12, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Apr 13, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Apr 14, 4:00pm | Naples

Made possible by William Jaume

May 2019
A Prayer for Harmony: Peace in Music


James K. Bass, conductor

Seraphic Fire presents contemporary American works alongside traditional pieces that have called for wisdom and peace throughout history.

Tue, May 7, 7:00pm | Naples
Wed, May 8, 7:30pm | Miami
Fri, May 10, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, May 11, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, May 12 4:00pm | Miami Beach

Made possible by Alicia Celorio, Do Unto Others Trust, Inc.

2018 – 2019 AT SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

SMDCAC performances not available on subscription. Tickets available via SMDCAC.org or 786.573.5300 starting August 2018.

Sun, Oct 21, 4:00pm | A Spanish Pilgrimage with American Brass Quintet
Sun, Dec 16, 4:00pm | A Seraphic Fire Christmas
Sun, Jan 20, 4:00pm | I Have A Dream: Music from the African-American Tradition

2018 – 2019 NATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Aug 2018
Professional Choral Institute at Aspen Music Festival and School


Fri, Aug 17, 6:00pm | Mozart Requiem
Mon, Aug 20, 7:30pm | This is Seraphic Fire
Wed, Aug 22, 7:30pm | Professional Choral Institute Performance

Made possible in part by The Clinton Family Fund, John Quaintance & Robert Riggs, William Jaume, and Michael & Cheryl Del Campo

Dec 2018
A Seraphic Fire Christmas


Sat, Dec 1, 7:00pm | Grafton, VT
Sun, Dec 2, 4:00pm | Southport, CT
Tue, Dec 4, 7:30pm | University of Connecticut

Feb 2019
A Spanish Pilgrimage with American Brass Quintet


Tue, Feb 19, 7:30pm | Goshen, IN
Fri, Feb 22, 8:00pm | Kansas City, MO
Sun, Feb 24, 4:00pm | La Jolla, CA
Tue, Feb 26, 7:30pm | Los Angeles, CA

Made possible by New Mown Hay LLC in memory of Rudolf Stegelmann. O Antiphons supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT PATRICK DUPRÉ QUIGLEY

Proclaimed “extraordinary” (Gramophone), “authoritative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “inspirational” (Chicago Sun-Times), and displaying “transformative brilliance” (New York Lucid Culture), Patrick Dupré Quigley has established himself as an exemplary conductor, creative programmer, and lauded arts entrepreneur whose skills as a musician transcend traditional genre boundaries.

Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire, Quigley receives rave reviews for his work with the music of contemporary American composers; is celebrated for his exacting, historically informed interpretations of Classical and Baroque repertoire; and was honored with a GRAMMY® Award nomination for his recording of Brahms’ Romantic masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem.

In 2017 – 2018, Quigley took the podium at The Cleveland Orchestra with Mozart, Utah Symphony with Haydn, and Seraphic Fire with masterworks of Bach, Monteverdi, Pärt, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang. In 2016 – 2017, he appeared with San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony.

Previous guest conducting engagements include appearances with New World Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony.

ABOUT JAMES K. BASS

James K. Bass is Director of Choral Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music and Associate Conductor & Director of Education at Seraphic Fire. He previously served on the faculties of Western Michigan University and University of South Florida, and holds a doctoral degree from University of Miami, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of South Florida. Bass has appeared with professional choral ensembles including Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Apollo Master Chorale, Vox Humanae, and Spire. He appears on CD recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Albany, and Seraphic Fire Media labels. Solo orchestral engagements include appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, and The Sebastians.

In 2011, Bass co-founded Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute at University of South Florida. In its inaugural year of recording, Seraphic Fire and PCI received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. Bass has prepared choirs for Sir Colin Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Jahja Ling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michael Francis, Marcelo Lehninger, Stefan Sanderling, Evan Rogister, Danail Rachlev, Joshua Weilerstein, Markus Huber, Patrick Quigley, and Robert Shaw.

ABOUT ANTHONY TRECEK-KING

Anthony Trecek-King is President and Artistic Director of award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and, in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House. Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He has collaborated on performances with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo-Yo Ma, and Roomful of Teeth, and has led BCC in performances at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition to his conducting work, he can be seen on air and online on the WGBH television series “Sing That Thing,” and two TEDx Boston talks.

Trecek-King holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Boston University, an MM in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, and a BM in Cello Performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

ABOUT E. J. YOON

Growing up in a musical environment, E. J. Yoon started studying piano and violin at an early age at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School. He graduated from Seoul National University, and also completed graduate studies in Choral Conducting at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Yoon is currently the Dean of Hansei University’s Music Department. He has been the head of the choral conducting department since 2008. Under his instruction, Hansei University’s choral conducting department now has the largest number of students in Korea. Also active in the international choral conducting scene, he has appeared at the International Choral Festival in Salt Lake City, as a guest conductor at the 2005 International Boys’ and Men’s Choir Conference in Minneapolis, as an adjudicator in the Choir Olympics, and at the Choral Summit by the International Federation of Choral Music, and at the National Ecclesiastical Choir Festival in Indonesia, among other venues.

ABOUT AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of more than 150 contemporary brass works.

ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th release “State of the Art—The ABQ at 50” featuring recent works written for them.

Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen countries.

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