Articles and Reviews

An expanded Seraphic Fire delves deep in Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler October 1, 2010 When the members of Seraphic Fire filed into a Key Biscayne church Thursday evening for their opening concert of the season, the most striking thing was how numerous they were. Regulars at the choir’s performances are accustomed to seeing a dozen or so singers, often stepping forward for solos before retreating back into the group. But for this gorgeous and rousing performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers-or All… Read More

Bigger than Gaga: Seraphic Fire rules iTunes

South Florida Sun Sentinel Ben Crandell August 24, 2010 Lady Gaga, meet Seraphic Fire. The Miami-based chamber music choir’s new, self-released recording of Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610” hit No. 1 on the iTunes classical chart over the weekend, and for a brief time on Sunday topped Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” (Deluxe Edition) on the iTunes all-genre chart. The bump in popularity may have been driven by a profile of the album on… Read More

From Zero To Hero: Seraphic Fire’s Viral Monteverdi

NPR’s All Things Considered Jeff Lunden August 21, 2010 Last week, a recording of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 masterpiece, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, was released on iTunes. It promptly landed in the Top 10 classical recordings on iTunes, sandwiched between the London Symphony Orchestra’ s Beethoven and Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach. What makes this surprising is that the recording is by a little-known Miami-based professional choir called Seraphic Fire — and the musicians released it themselves…. Read More

Seraphic Fire kicks off Summer series with enjoyable gospel program

South Florida Classical Review Laurence Budman June 10, 2010 Whether Patrick Dupre Quigley is leading his remarkable chamber choir Seraphic Fire in Renaissance polyphony, Baroque cantatas, contemporary minimalism or down-home indigenous song, he produces the most ravishing vocal sonorities, marked by scrupulous attention to dynamics and ensemble precision. For the opening program of the choir’s summer series Wednesday at St. Christopher’s by the Sea in Key Biscayne, Quigley returned to the gospel and bluegrass tradition,… Read More

Seraphic Fire’s artistry moving

The Miami Herald Andrea Asuaje June 2010 Only one word seems apt enough to characterize the musical artistry the members of Seraphic Fire demonstrated at Wednesday’s summer-season opening concert: destiny. The choral group’s perfect balance of tone quality, control, range and dynamic variation far exceeded expectations in its 15-song performance of American folk and gospel music. The intimate scale of St. Christopher’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Key Biscayne played into the concert’s theme of ”Precious Lord,… Read More

Seraphic Fire luminous in Palestrina Mass

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich October 4, 2009 In its previous seven seasons of music-making, the members of Seraphic Fire have presented hugely varied concerts that included everything from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to American gospel, from all six Bach motets to world premieres of challenging contemporary music written just for them. But in its opening series of concerts for its eighth season, the Miami-based concert choir has gone back to basics, to the kind… Read More

Seraphic Fire opens new season with ancient music

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler October 2, 2009 In these challenging times, arts organizations do what they must to sell tickets. And so on Thursday the Miami choir Seraphic Fire opened its eighth season-to a sold-out house- with a concert entitled “The Musical Da Vinci Code: A Musician, a Message and a Pope. “ Actually despite the gimmicky name-and the use of Leonardo’s famous Vitruvian Man drawing on the program-there was no mention that… Read More

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