Featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Susanne Mentzer and Bryan Hymel
MIAMI, FL – For its seventh program of the season, Seraphic Fire, in collaboration with Miami artist Sebastian Spreng, presents a melding of music and visual art with Bach + Mahler, a program that features Gustav Mahler’s intimate Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), and paintings from Sebastian Spreng’s Mahler-inspired exhibit, A Song for the Earth.
Sebastian Spreng, whose work includes the CD cover for the GRAMMY® award-winning Da Pacem by Arvo Pärt, opens his exhibit based upon Mahler’s symbolic overview of life and death at the Kelley Roy Gallery, April 16th with a reception from 6-9pm.
“Mahler’s music has been an important part of my life. It always seems to create a balance between unease and catharsis,” says Spreng. “In Das Lied von der Erde’s extraordinary final song all our questions are addressed, and our wounds healed. As a panorama of the relation of an artist with his beloved planet, A Song for the Earth is a collection of images inextricably related to personal experiences – joys, wounds, scars, reflections, awakenings, contemplations, realizations, resolutions and revelations.”
From April 17-19th, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire, will explore the haunting emotions and symbolic overview of life and death contained within Rainer Riehn’s re-orchestration of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Joining Quigley will be legendary mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and Metropolitan Opera star tenor Bryan Hymel. Hymel recently released Héroïque: French Opera Arias, a classical album that peaked at #3 on the Billboard Charts, and has remained in the top ten for the past three weeks. Also on the program will be the rising young baritone Dashon Burton performing Bach’s profound Ich Habe Genung. Tickets and information for Bach + Mahler are available at SeraphicFire.org, or by calling (305) 285-9060.