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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.
Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important professional chamber ensembles in the United States. Made up of the best ensemble singers from across the United States, Seraphic Fire saw two recordings—Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas—receive nominations in Best Choral and Best Small Ensemble categories, respectively, of the 2012 GRAMMY® Awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choral ensemble in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects. The ensemble’s repertoire and recording catalogue spans over one thousand years of sacred music, from Gregorian chant to newly-commissioned works
Argentinean born visual artist Sebastian Spreng established himself in Miami three decades ago. Music is pivotal in his work and whole series of paintings were based on musical structures and cycles – Liederkreis I and II, Sinfonietta, Impromptus, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Chamber Music, Mahler Songs and Das Lied von der Erde. Significantly, his works grace program covers of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera, as many CD covers, including the Grammy award-winning Da Pacem by Arvo Pärt. With more than fifty solo shows in Buenos Aires, Miami, Santa Fe, Seattle, Atlanta, Düsseldorf, Munich, Essen, Sun Valley, Toronto, Tuscany, France, Japan, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela, and works in private and public collections, including the Perez Art Museum Miami, Fundación Ortiz Gurdián, Florida Grand Opera, Museo del Barrio, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Barclays, Banco Santander and Merrill Lynch. In 1994, he was commissioned by Metro-Dade Art In Public Places to create a exhibition at the Miami-Dade Government Center as a memorial tribute to the American with Disabilities Trailblazers. In 2009 his work Daphne was selected for the book Speak for the Trees, alongside 70 other artists. In 2012, he was selected as one of the 100 Latinos of Miami and as the 2013 Visual Artist in residency of the 11th Edition of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival. Spreng writes about classical music since 1988, first as foreign correspondent for Clásica Magazine in Argentina. Currently he writes articles, comments and reviews for several publications including El Nuevo Herald, Knight Foundation Arts and his own Miami Clasica. Since 2009 he is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. He won the Dr. Sanford L. and Beatrice Ziff Outstanding Arts Contributors by Classical South Florida of 2015. After Liederkreis II and Salad Bar, Song for the Earth is his third solo exhibit with KELLEY ROY GALLERY in Miami-Wynwood.