French requiems get deep Seraphic Fire treatment

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich November 20, 2016 The idea of putting two requiems back to back on one program might seem to promise an overdose of despair, but when the two funeral pieces in question are among the two best-known such works by French composers, it’s a notion that makes more sense. For the second concert of its season, the Miami chamber choir Seraphic Fire offered the requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé,… Read More

Seraphic Fire opens 15th season with impressive premieres

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich November 7, 2016 For this, its 15th season, Seraphic Fire is going all-in with contemporary music and at the same time returning to some of the monuments of its past. The first concert in its series, as presented Oct. 22 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, offered two world premieres, one by the choir’s founder, Patrick Dupré Quigley, and the other by one of the country’s leading composers,… Read More

Semana triunfal para la ópera y el canto en Miami

el Nuevo Herald Daniel Fernández October 24, 2016 Una verdadera semana de triunfos disfrutamos en Miami los amantes de la ópera y otras artes vocales. Primero, el miércoles, en la iglesia ortodoxa griega de Santa Sofía, la rutilante apertura de temporada de la coral Seraphic Fire, que no cesa de traer a esta ciudad lo mejor del repertorio. Esta vez la programación estuvo dedicada a seis autores contemporáneos, solo uno de los ellos ya fallecido:… Read More

Quigley premiere highlights Seraphic Fire’s 15th season opener

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen October 20, 2016 “The Genius of Philip Glass” was the official title of Seraphic Fire’s opening concert of the season on Wednesday night. But the world premiere of Three Ostinati for Voices by artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley was the big event of the evening. And appropriately so. This season marks the chamber choir’s 15th anniversary. Quigley founded Seraphic Fire in 2001 as a church choir. Eventually it became… Read More

Patrick Quigley looks to the past and future as Seraphic Fire opens 15th season

South Florida Classical Review Charles Downey October 12, 2016 Born in Louisiana, Quigley moved to Florida to take over the choral program at a large Catholic church in South Miami, where he led six choirs in a traditional chant liturgy. Church leadership asked him what he wanted to do. “This was 23-year-old me,” he recalls, “and I said, I want to start a professional choir, something like Les Arts Florissants. And they said, Well, what… Read More

Seraphic Fire closes season with radiant Byrd

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Robert Croan May 15, 2016 At the start of Seraphic Fire’s concert of English cathedral music Saturday night at Fort Lauderdale’s All Saints Episcopal Church, director Patrick Dupré Quigley spoke to the audience, explaining that there would be 75 minutes of uninterrupted music, and asking that the listeners not look at the printed program during that time. “Just let the music wash over you,” he suggested. The details and texts might be… Read More

Seraphic Fire closes season with music of the English cathedral

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen May 12, 2016 Following traversals of American, Canadian and Latin choral rarities, ceremonial Handel, and requiem settings by Mozart and Brahms, Seraphic Fire returned to its roots as an a capella chamber choir with a program of music from the English Cathedral for its season finale. Concentrating on the works of William Byrd, Wednesday night’s concert seemed ideally suited to the visual and acoustical splendor of Miami’s St. Sophia… Read More

Seraphic Fire, New World bring major Reich score to vivid life

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich April 18, 2016 The season now its final weeks has been a particularly good one for Beethoven, but performances of contemporary music have been relatively rare. Which is why it was great fun Saturday night to be at the New World Center in Miami Beach, where Seraphic Fire founder Patrick Dupré Quigley led his choir and members of the New World Symphony in a major American modernist work, Steve Reich’s… Read More

Quigley leads New World in musical mashup from Monteverdi to Reich

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen April 17, 2016 A major score by a pioneering minimalist composer brought the New World Symphony and Seraphic Fire together on Saturday night for the latest installment of the orchestra’s “Sounds of the Times” series. The avant garde evening encompassed musical vaudeville as well as a Baroque interlude. Seraphic Fire artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley was on the podium. György Ligeti was an influential Hungarian modernist who broke away… Read More

Choral clarity, soloists stand out in Seraphic Fire’s Brahms

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Robert Croan April 11, 2016 In its original form, Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem, composed in the 1860s, is his longest, biggest work, lasting just over an hour, scored for full orchestra, large chorus and soprano and baritone soloists. Patrick Dupré Quigley, the creative and enterprising director of Seraphic Fire, likes to perform authentic small versions of large-scaled works. Last year it was Schoenberg’s chamber ensemble arrangement of Mahler’sThe Song of the… Read More

How they did it: Going from an arts startup to a leading organization

Knight Blog Anne Tschida April 11, 2016 April will mean big news for two South Florida musical groups pushing the bounds of classical music: Choir Seraphic Fire will wrap up its first, highly-praised national tour. Meanwhile, the recently-launched Nu Deco Ensemblewill complete its inaugural season, where it wowed crowds with the way it moves between classical music and other genres like Afro-Cuban funk. Both these groups have more in common than winning a Knight Arts… Read More

Seraphic Fire reaches the heights with a moving Brahms Requiem

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen April 9, 2016 Brahms’ German Requiem occupies a special place in the choral repertoire. Unlike many composers, Brahms did not set to music the Latin Mass for the Dead. Instead he conceived a seven-movement score based upon a collection of Biblical passages that refer to death, mourning and ultimate heavenly transcendence. The score is uniquely tender and soulful. Originally conceived for large choral and orchestral forces in 1868, Brahms… Read More

Seraphic Fire choir lights up with spring shows

Miami Herald Elizabeth Hanly April 7, 2016 Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s Grammy-nominated choral group, will finish its 14th Miami season with several triumphant landmarks: performances of Johannes Brahms’ monumental A German Requiem with two internationally renowned soloists, their first collaboration with the New World Symphony, and several concerts in Northeastern cities, their third tour to the region this season. This weekend, the group’s founder and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley will lead the 45-member choir… Read More

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