Seraphic Fire’s truncated “Messiah” shines in choral highlights

South Florida Classical Review David Flesher December 21, 2013 Seraphic Fire shortened an 18th-century oratorio to conform to 21st-century attention spans, as the chorus opened its Christmas season series of performances of Handel’s Messiah Friday night in Boca Raton. Solo numbers in particular were removed, with about half of Part II and most of Part III missing, exacting a cost in this Messiah’s cumulative weight and breadth. But what remained was performed with style, a… Read More

Seraphic Fire gives rousing account of truncated ‘Messiah’

Miami Herald David Flesher December 21, 2013 Seraphic Fire shortened an 18th-century oratorio to suit 21st-century attention spans as the chorus opened its Christmas season series of performances of Handel’s Messiah Friday night. Solo numbers in particular were removed, with about half of Part II and most of Part III missing, exacting a cost in this Messiah’s cumulative weight and breadth. But what remained was performed with style, a warm tonal sheen and rhythmic drive,… Read More

Seraphic Fire was a treat

The Keynoter Steve Gibbs December 13, 2013 The spirit of Christmas came to Key Largo last Thursday evening at Saint Justin the Martyr Catholic Church as Seraphic Fire, the only classical ensemble that has ever been nominated for two Grammy awards, mesmerized a full house with an amazing choral presentation. Accompanied by harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, the 13-member choir filled the chapel with voices that blended like clear honey as they sang Christmas carols both familiar… Read More

Seraphic Fire’s Christmas program gracefully traverses the centuries

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler December 12, 2013 For many South Florida concertgoers, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas programs have become a welcome break from the nation’s major retail holiday. “Contrary to popular belief, Christmas doesn’t start the day after Thanksgiving,” the choir’s artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, told an audience Wednesday in the gold-trimmed, icon-filled interior of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami. “Rather it began at the stroke of midnight on December 25th.”… Read More

Patrick Quigley gears up for Seraphic Fire’s Christmas season after a year of milestones

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler December 10, 2013 Patrick Dupré Quigley hates to shave, but that’s not the only reason he grew a beard. As a classical music conductor, the 36-year-old founder of the Miami choir Seraphic Fire holds one of the few jobs left in which youth is not an asset. A crop of neatly trimmed facial hair, he thought, might be just the thing to give him an air of authority. “I… Read More

Seraphic Fire receives Knight award for South Miami residency

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Johnson December 3, 2013 Seraphic Fire has received a grant from the Knight Foundation that will allow them to become ensemble-in-residence at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. The $180,000 award from the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge will allow Seraphic Fire to become a fixture at the new arts center, beginning with the 2014-15 season. The chorus will perform several concerts there, including some with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra. To… Read More

Seraphic Fire to become Ensemble-in-Residence at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

December 3, 2013 Mike Burgess Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire Mike@SeraphicFire.org Direct Line (305) 692-0268 Marika Lynch, Knight Foundation lynch@knightfoundation.org (305) 898-3595 SERAPHIC FIRE TO BECOME ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE AT SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Named recipient of grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire has been named a recipient of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge. The $180,000 award will make the GRAMMY®- nominated… Read More

Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy presents winter concert Dec. 6

November 27, 2013 Mike Burgess Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire Mike@SeraphicFire.org Direct Line (305) 692-0268 SERAPHIC FIRE’S MIAMI CHORAL ACADEMY PRESENTS WINTER CONCERT DEC. 6 Young Vocalists of Miami Choral Academy Lift Voices in Seasonal Celebration MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy will present its annual Seasonal Celebration on December 6, 7:00pm at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, located at 9221 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 33138. The 60-member children’s choir will perform holiday classics, alongside… Read More

Seraphic Fire’s premiere of “complete” Mozart Requiem effectively blends old and new

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler November 16, 2013 The story of Mozart’s Requiem is among the best-known in classical music. The feverish composer races to finish a mass for the dead commissioned by a mysterious Austrian nobleman. He dies with some parts only sketched out and entire sections unwritten. His desperately poor widow Constanze casts about for someone to complete it. She finally hands the task to Franz Xaver Süssmayr, an associate of Mozart,… Read More

Mozart Never Finished His ‘Requiem.’ Now Seraphic Fire Will

WLRN-Miami Herald News Arianna Prothero November 14, 2013 When Mozart died, he left unfinished one of his most famous pieces of work: the “Requiem Mass in D Minor.” Now, local classical-music group Seraphic Fire is completing it. “Requiem” was commissioned by a baron who was known for buying musical works and passing them off as his own. But in December of 1791, Mozart died before making good on the buy. “[Musicians have tried to finish… Read More

Stepping in for Mozart, composer forges a fresh connection with the past

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Greg Stepanich November 12, 2013 The first thing Gregory Spears wants you to know is that he’s not trying to complete the Mozart Requiem. Even though he has. The American composer sees his three new movements for the iconic work, which have their world premiere Friday, less as a solution to a Mozart puzzle then as a continuation of a dialogue with Mozart and with the continuum of Western sacred music. But… Read More

Seraphic Fire presents a discussion of Mozart’s Requiem, Gregory Spears’ commissioned completion, and the future of LGBT within the Classical industry

November 5, 2013 Mike Burgess Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire Mike@SeraphicFire.org Direct Line (305) 692-0268 SERAPHIC FIRE PRESENTS A DISCUSSION OF MOZART’S REQUIEM, GREGORY SPEARS’ COMMISSIONED COMPLETION, AND THE FUTURE OF LGBT WITHIN THE CLASSICAL INDUSTRY Made possible by Funding Arts Broward and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation MIAMI, FL – On Monday, November 11th, Seraphic Fire Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley will be joined by composer Gregory Spears and Seraphic Fire Chorus… Read More

Seraphic Fire, a nivel de la Capilla Sixtina

el Nuevo Herald Daniel Fernández October 23, 2013 Con un concierto al nivel de la Capilla Sixtina del Vaticano abrió brillantemente su temporada el grupo vocal Seraphic Fire con su director, el talentoso Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Hoy trataremos de reproducir una misa como las que se celebraban en la Capilla Sixtina en esa época”, explicó Quigley en sus palabras de presentación. The Renaissance: Music of the Sistine Chapel se llamaba el programa que abarcaba las… Read More

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