The Enlightenment Festival

February 2023
Enlightenment Festival

The third annual Enlightenment Festival returns with two back-to-back weeks of choral-orchestral works. This year’s Festival will celebrate the music of Bach with programs highlighting the enduring composer’s sacred cantatas and oratorios.

Patrick Dupre Quigley, Conductor


Life | Death

During an age of high mortality, Johann Sebastian Bach experienced the stark and tenuous nature of life and death firsthand. As a result, Bach’s music of human existence and death is, unsurprisingly, probing and profound. Seraphic Fire sings two of Bach’s haunting cantatas on death, and Reginald Mobley is featured in the solo alto cantata Vergnügte Ruh in this musical evening of inspiration and reflection.

Program to include:

Dieterich Buxtehude

Jesu, meines Lebens Leben

Johann Sebastian Bach

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105

Antonio Vivaldi

Laetatus sum

Concert Schedule:

Thu, Feb 16, 7:30pm  |  Miami

Fri, Feb 17, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables

Sat, Feb 18, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale

Sun, Feb 19, 4:00pm  |  Miami Beach


Beginning | End

Joyous arrivals and awe-inspiring departures feature in the closing concert of Seraphic Fire’s third annual Enlightenment Festival. Selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio portray an expectant mother preparing for a child’s arrival and the Magi searching for that child. The Ascension Oratorio is particularly thrilling with spectacular opening and closing trumpets, its coloratura passages, and equally challenging chorale. Chamber orchestra and students from the UCLA Ensemble Artist Program join Seraphic Fire singers to perform two of Bach’s great works in a burst of sonic glory in this arresting program.

Program to include:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Selections from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11

Concert Schedule:

Thu, Feb 23, 7:00pm  |  Naples

Fri, Feb 24, 8:00pm  |  Coral Gables

Sat, Feb 25, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale

Sun, Feb 26, 4:00pm  |  Boca Raton

Single tickets will go on sale September 6, 2022.

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