Seraphic Fire Announces 15th Anniversary Season

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s GRAMMY®-nominated vocal ensemble, announces its 15th Anniversary Season with seven new American choral premieres funded by the Knight Arts Challenge, two appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, guest appearances by GRAMMY®-winning organist Nathan Laube and conductor Elena Sharkova, performances of Duruflé’s Requiem and Bach’s Easter Oratorio, a return toFirst United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, and an expansion of the Miami Choral Academy to give in-depth musical training to Miami-Dade’s underserved youth.

“Our 15th Anniversary Season is a culmination of Seraphic Fire’s indelible mark on South Florida,” says Seraphic Fire’s Founder and Artistic Director, Patrick Dupré Quigley. “The season will pay tribute to the music that helped the ensemble announce itself as an outstanding national arts organization, while providing new opportunities for American composers to create and share world-premiere compositions.”

Seraphic Fire’s Commission Project, funded in part by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, includes commissioned works by seven American composers throughout the entire season. Composers include GRAMMY®-nominated Christopher Theofanidis, Miami-based composers Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez, and the highly-acclaimed Douglas Cuomo.

“Our individual and collective stories have been conveyed through choral works for centuries. These creative world premieres put South Florida at the center of artistic innovation in the United States, and showcase the talent of American composers. Seraphic Fire, with its breath of talent and national reach, is the ideal choir to present them,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

The 2016-2017 Season begins with excerpts from Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, a landmark avant-garde opera The New York Times describes as, “an original, visionary and generous work [that] invites you to let your mind wander.” The following month, Seraphic Fire will perform the Fauré and Duruflé requiems with GRAMMY® Award-winning concert organist Nathan Laube, of whose artistry has been said, “listening to such superb musicianship was pure joy, and it would be difficult to describe the emotional impact conveyed by this stellar artist” (Don Feely, Journal of the American Theatre Organ Society). This performance will be repeated on the Georgetown Concert Series in Washington, DC.

In March, Elena Sharkova, Artistic Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, will join Seraphic Fire for a program encompassing the beauty of Russian choral music. Elena, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, is internationally recognized as a versatile conductor and a foremost expert on Russian music.

Seraphic Fire celebrates its 15th Anniversary in a concert to include “the best of Seraphic Fire,” with music that has defined the ensemble’s past and music that represents its future. This includes new premieres commissioned by Seraphic Fire, by such artists as Alvaro Bermudez, a long-time Seraphic Fire musician, and Shawn Crouch, Founding Director of the Miami Choral Academy.

Other programs offer homage to Seraphic Fire’s history with two concerts featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach: his complete motets and Easter Oratorio. The season also includes two of Seraphic Fire’s most popular programs conducted by Associate Conductor Dr. James K. Bass: the absorbing Christmas program, A Seraphic Fire Christmas, and a program of choral classics chosen by the audience.

In January and March of 2017, Seraphic Fire performs with The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. The appearances include Seraphic Fire’s debut at Severance Hall, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Patrick Dupré Quigley will prepare the ensemble for both programs.

After a two-year hiatus, Seraphic Fire returns to its long-time home, First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables as the ensemble-in-residence to deepen its ties to the community that enabled its rise to national acclaim. This relationship provided the opportunity for the organization to record performances, rehearse for many of its concerts, and a place to share its incredible music with an eager audience. Seraphic Fire also will continue to build its Naples Concert Series, bringing four of its programs to the west coast of Florida.

The Miami Choral Academy (MCA), led by Associate Conductor and Director of Education Dr. James K. Bass, expands to further develop musical learning in Miami-Dade elementary and middle-school youth from economically disadvantaged communities. With ongoing training through a new Light the Fire initiative, the program will use Seraphic Fire artists and a specially selected music education student from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music to teach basics of music and singing. Select students will join Seraphic Fire side-by-side in two of its performances throughout the season. MCA will also continue inspiring over 1,000 students through its in-school workshops and specially curated outreach performances.

“Seraphic Fire’s 15th Anniversary season looks back over the ensemble’s history to inform its future, focusing on our mission to share under-performed and new works with diverse audiences to create a vibrant cultural community in South Florida,” remarks Rhett Del Campo, Seraphic Fire’s Executive Director. “For any arts organization, 15 years is a significant milestone. We are grateful for our committed and passionate group of supporters who believe in Patrick’s vision and are dedicated to the next steps in our growth.”

Subscriptions and packages are available April 4th by calling (305) 285-9060 or by visitingSeraphicFire.org. A full listing of next season’s programs with venues, as well as bios of featured performers, is below. For high resolution images or interview requests, please contact Ross Chuchla at (305) 692-0268, or via email at Ross@SeraphicFire.org.

Seraphic Fire’s full season includes:

PROGRAM I
The Genius of Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach

Featuring GRAMMY®-winning violinist Matthew Albert and a World Premiere composition by Guggenheim Award recipient Christopher Theofanidis

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
October 19, 2016 7:30pm St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
October 21, 2016 7:30pm St. Philip’s Episcopal
October 22, 2016 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
October 23, 2016 4:00pm All Souls Episcopal

PROGRAM II
Jewels from Paris: The Fauré and Duruflé Requiems
Featuring GRAMMY®-winning organist Nathan Laube and a World Premiere composition by NEA Award-winning composer Douglas Cuomo

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
November 11, 2016 7:30pm First United Methodist
November 12, 2016 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
November 13, 2016 5:00pm St. John’s Georgetown Concert Series
(Washington, DC)

PROGRAM III
A Seraphic Fire Christmas: On Winter’s Night
Featuring the World Premiere of three new carol settings by composer Susan LaBarr

James K. Bass, associate conductor
December 7, 2016 7:30pm St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
December 8, 2016 7:30pm St. Philip’s Episcopal
December 9, 2016 7:30pm First United Methodist
December 10, 2016 7:30pm All Souls Episcopal
December 11, 2016 7:00pm All Saints Episcopal
December 13, 2016 7:00pm Bower Chapel in Moorings Park, Naples, FL
December 18, 2016 4:00pm St. Gregory’s Episcopal (Boca Raton)

PROGRAM IV
15th Anniversary Celebration: The Best of Seraphic Fire

Featuring World Premiere compositions by Alvaro Bermudez and Pulitzer-Prize nominee Shawn Crouch

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
January 18, 2017 7:30pm St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
January 19, 2017 7:00pm Bower Chapel in Moorings Park, Naples, FL
January 20, 2017 7:30pm First United Methodist
January 21, 2017 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
January 22, 2017 4:00pm All Souls Episcopal

PROGRAM V
J. S. Bach: The Complete Motets

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
February 17, 2017 7:30pm First United Methodist
February 18, 2017 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
February 19, 2017 4:00pm Vanderbilt Presbyterian, Naples

PROGRAM VI
Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky: Russian Choral Treasures


Elena Sharkova, guest conductor
March 8, 2017 7:30pm St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
March 9, 2017 7:00pm Vanderbilt Presbyterian, Naples
March 10, 2017 7:30pm St. Philip’s Episcopal
March 11, 2017 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
March 12, 2017 4:00pm All Souls Episcopal

PROGRAM VII
J. S. Bach: The Easter Oratorio

Featuring two World Premiere compositions by composers James Kallembach and Abbie Betinis

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
April 13, 2017 7:30pm First United Methodist
April 14, 2017 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal

PROGRAM VIII
Allegri’s Miserere: Choral Favorites


James K. Bass, associate conductor
May 10, 2017 7:30pm St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
May 12, 2017 7:30pm St. Philip’s Episcopal
May 13, 2017 7:30pm All Saints Episcopal
May 14, 2017 4:00pm All Souls Episcopal
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