Seraphic Fire named recipient of grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music to fund a new work by composer Jake Runestad

February 4, 2014

Mike Burgess
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SERAPHIC FIRE NAMED RECIPIENT OF GRANT FROM THE ANN STOOKEY FUND FOR NEW MUSIC TO FUND A NEW WORK BY COMPOSER JAKE RUNESTAD
Seraphic Fire joins four other choral organizations in the inaugural year of funding

MIAMI, FL – The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, in its first year of funding, has awarded Seraphic Fire a grant to fund a new work by composer Jake Runestad. The work, to be approximately 15 minutes in length, will be for SATB choir and string quartet. It will draw its text from various poems by spiritual mystics of several faith traditions focused on love and the human experience. The world premiere will be delivered in Miami in October 2015 as part of Seraphic Fire’s 14th Season debut.

Seraphic Fire is excited for the opportunity to work with Jake Runestad once again. In December 2012, Seraphic Fire delivered the world premiere of three works commissioned by the ensemble and composed by Runestad: Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep; Fear Not, Dear Friend; and Nada Te Turbe. In May 2013, Seraphic Fire released the world premiere recording of Runestad’s I Will Lift Mine Eyes on the chart-topping disc, Seraphic Fire.

The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music supports the commissioning, performance, and recording of new musical works, with a particular focus on choral works.

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