Conductor makes superb Seraphic Fire debut with Russian program

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler March 9, 2017 From the carved stone pulpit of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Miami, bass Charles Evans intoned an early Russian chant over solemn tones in male voices. Female singers, clad in black, walked slowly down the aisle. When they reached the front of the church, solo soprano voices ascended in figures that sounded almost Middle Eastern in their inflections. It was a spellbinding, hypnotic opening to… Read More

Seraphic Fire returns with mastery to Bach’s six motets

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich Feb 22, 2017 Back in the early days of Seraphic Fire, the Miami concert choir took on the challenge of all six motets by J.S. Bach. The performance I saw 12 years ago was very fine, but effortful: The difficulty of the music took its toll on the singers, and it was noticeable by the end of the concert. The group has done one or another of the motets individually… Read More

Quigley, Seraphic Fire at their finest in Bach’s motets

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen February 18, 2017 The six motets of Johann Sebastian Bach represent the Baroque master at his most experimental and inspired. Taking a form pioneered by Monteverdi and Palestrina, Bach pushed the boundaries of form and harmonic structure in these scores, which are far from mere choral vignettes. Continuing their Bach immersion which began with music from Bach cantatas in collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra and will culminate in performances… Read More

Cleveland Orchestra and Seraphic Fire join forces in Miami on ravishing Bach and Bruckner Zachary Lewis January 29, 2017 MIAMI, Fla. – Call it even. This week in South Florida, the Cleveland Orchestra received as much from Miami as it gave. And yet the real beneficiary was the audience. Friday and Saturday nights at the Arsht Center here, listeners experienced what might be viewed as the best of both musical communities. From Miami came Seraphic Fire, a local but globally renowned vocal ensemble, collaborating with the orchestra on… Read More

Cleveland Orchestra, Seraphic Fire ascend the heights with Bach and Bruckner

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen January 28, 2017 The pairing of the Cleveland Orchestra and Seraphic Fire with music by Bach and Bruckner drew a large audience to the Arsht Center on Friday night and the combined musical forces, each performing their signature repertory, did not disappoint. Choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach have been central to the programming of Patrick Quigley’s outstanding choral group. The massive symphonies of Anton Bruckner have been a… Read More

Seraphic Fire’s 15th anniversary concert masterful, eclectic

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich January 24, 2017 The South Florida classical music scene was rather different 15 years ago than it is today, and while in some aspects of those pre-recession days it was more robust, in one thing in particular there is no comparison. Today, there has been substantial growth in the appearance of smaller arts organizations, with chamber orchestras, chamber music series and even opera companies hanging out their sonic shingles and… Read More

Seraphic Fire marks 15 years with a wide-ranging showcase

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen January 19, 2017 Seraphic Fire celebrated its 15th anniversary Wednesday night in Miami with a diverse program that showcased the versatility and skilled vocalism that has been the trademark of Patrick Quigley’s choral ensemble. The evening opened with a rousing traversal of Invocation by William Billings, an example of the Colonial New England hymnal tradition. (The text “Majestic God our music inspire and fill us with seraphic fire” inspired… Read More

National Endowment for the Arts recognizes Seraphic Fire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thu, Dec 15, 2016 CONTACT Carlos Howard Marketing & Public Relations Manager 305.692.0201 National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced this week a $15,000 Art Works grant for Seraphic Fire as part of NEA’s first funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The Art Works category, in which Seraphic Fire is included, focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and… Read More

Dos maravillosos conciertos en ‘tonos’ distintos: uno a cargo de Seraphic Fire y otro de la New World Symphony

el Nuevo Herald Daniel Fernández December 12, 2016 Nunca la iglesia Santa Sophia, de Miami, se había visto tan llena, como en la noche del miércoles 7. Hasta los laterales en los ábsides y el coro en los altos estaban llenos. Y es que el concierto navideño de la coral Seraphic Fire: On Winter’s Night, se ha vuelto una tradición que cada año atrae a más fieles de la música. Bajo la dirección de James… Read More

Seraphic Fire brings a warm glow to varied Christmas program

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen December 8, 2016 Seraphic Fire’s annual Christmas concerts have proved hugely popular, often drawing the choir’s largest audiences of the season. What makes these events really special, however, is the inventive programming which combines holiday rarities with familiar carols. On Wednesday night the sanctuary of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral was bedecked with a Christmas tree and holiday decorations, providing a festive atmosphere for the 90-minute concert. Hot, muggy… Read More

French requiems get deep Seraphic Fire treatment

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich November 20, 2016 The idea of putting two requiems back to back on one program might seem to promise an overdose of despair, but when the two funeral pieces in question are among the two best-known such works by French composers, it’s a notion that makes more sense. For the second concert of its season, the Miami chamber choir Seraphic Fire offered the requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé,… Read More

Seraphic Fire offers a program of remembrance in Georgetown

Washington Classical Review Charles T. Downey November 14, 2016 Seraphic Fire made its latest visit to the Washington area on Sunday evening. Miami-based chamber choir presented the Requiem Masses of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé on the concert series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown. The performance of the former work was dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks one year ago, and the latter to the memory of Washington choral conductor J…. Read More

Seraphic Fire offers a program of solace and remembrance

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen November 12, 2016 Seraphic Fire returned to First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables, its former home, after a two-year absence Friday night with a program featuring music of remembrance. Two French requiems were the evening’s major offerings with a powerful new score providing an interlude. Music of Maurice Duruflé bookended the concert. The soaring melody of “Ubi Caritas” from Quatre Motets, a work often sung by church choirs… Read More

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