SERAPHIC FIRE’S MARCH PROGRAM COMBINES 18TH CENTURY BACH WITH 21ST CENTURY PULITZER-PRIZE COMPOSITION

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SERAPHIC FIRE’S MARCH PROGRAM COMBINES 18TH CENTURY BACH WITH 21ST CENTURY PULITZER-PRIZE COMPOSITION

Eternal Fire

March 21, 2021 @ 4:00pm EST

Pre-Concert Conversation begins @ 3:30pm EST

MIAMI – Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s GRAMMY®-nominated professional vocal ensemble, presents two extraordinary and emotional musical experiences at the ensemble’s March 21, 2021 multi-media performance entitled Eternal Fire. The program features Johann Sebastian Bach’s thrilling Cantata 34, O, Ewiges Feuer, and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion. The March 21 broadcast will include a pre-concert conversation with conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire artists beginning at 3:30 pm EST followed immediately by the performance at 4:00 pm EST via Vimeo.

Of Bach’s 100s of cantatas, Cantata 34 will be of particular interest to lovers of Bach’s choral-orchestral writing. The first and last movements of Cantata 34 are tour-de-force concerti for voices and instruments, showcasing voices, trumpets, strings, oboes, and timpani in a whirl of Bach genius. The lush, calming, pastoral aria that serves as the middle movement is sung by countertenor Reginald Mobley, an international Bach specialist and long-time member of Seraphic Fire. Mobley has toured Europe as a soloist with John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and brings a career’s worth of historically informed Bach interpretation of the highest level to this performance.

“O, Ewiges Feuer is a musical spectacle,” says Seraphic Fire Artistic Director Patrick Quigley. “This is a piece that grips you from the first trumpet blast and showcases every member of the chorus and orchestra. Bach makes each musician indispensable throughout this piece, with particularly remarkable vocal and trumpet writing. Skill-wise, it is a musical Olympic Games, requiring gold-medal-quality performances from every musician.”

With Cantata 34, Seraphic Fire will pair David Lang’s 2007 mini-opera for voices and percussion, the little match girl passion. This piece tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl using compositional techniques found in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The work emphasizes the struggles and visions of a homeless young woman desperately searching for warmth and shelter. The young woman has only a box of matches to keep her warm on a freezing, snowy night, and each match strike conjures a different and wonderfully hopeful vision of a secure life.

Seraphic Fire first performed the little match girl passion in January of 2018, and Eternal Fire will feature the first-ever rebroadcast of that performance. Lawrence Budmen of the South Florida Classical Review remarks that the piece is “one of the finest choral works of the young 21st century,” and that Seraphic Fire’s 2018 performance was “another high-water mark for the superb choral ensemble.”

Accompanying Seraphic Fire’s performance will be a series of images created especially for this broadcast by Steve Bradshaw, visual artist, GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist, and tenor in Seraphic Fire. Over a dozen images help to illustrate the movements within Lang’s masterpiece. In describing his artistic vision for the artwork, Bradshaw says, “I wanted to take the Match Girl story out of the period in which it was written and out of the Danish village. I bring in a more timeless symbology and try to unlock the emotions of the story in a way that is more eternal. They are meant to release something deep inside the viewer; an introspective view of suffering.”

Single tickets available at https://www.seraphicfire.org/performances/season-s/ or by phone at 305.285.9060.

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