Seraphic Fire delivers an unforgettable St. John Passion

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen March 19, 2011 Among the monuments of the sacred music literature, few works are as heart-rending and soul-stirring as Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion. Seraphic Fire’s performance of this epic masterwork Friday night at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale was a high-water mark for the stellar chamber choir and one of artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley’s finest achievements. Bach’s perfect balance of drama and spirituality mark… Read More

Seraphic Fire transcends the centuries with music of the Jewish Diaspora

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen February 2, 2011 The music of the Jewish Diaspora of ancient Iraq propelled Seraphic Fire’s presentation, titled “Out of Babylon” Wednesday night at St. Christopher’s by-the-Sea in Key Biscayne. Cantor George Mordecai was once again a remarkable featured soloist and two dynamic musicians played indigenous ethnic instruments in a fascinating evening of Middle Eastern music that transcended its historical roots. After the forced emigration of the Diaspora to ancient… Read More

Miami-based Seraphic Fire makes memorable Chicago debut under trying circumstances

Chicago Classical Review Dennis Polkow January 25, 2011 While the Bears were being trounced under the heels of the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, a group of some fifty dedicated music lovers gathered in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Lincoln Park to hear the Chicago debut of a remarkable Miami-based chorus, Seraphic Fire. Artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigly had taken ill before the brief Midwest tour, which included stops in Indiana and Wisconsin… Read More

Seraphic Fire brings raw lusty fervor to “Carmina Burana”

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler January 8, 2011 As with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Carl Orff’s oratorio Carmina Burana is one of those works instantly recognizable to people who know little classical music. The dramatic, hard-driving chorus O Fortuna has been used in countless film scores, and the work’s enduring popularity was evident in the sold-out house for Seraphic Fire’s performance Friday night in Fort Lauderdale. All Saints Episcopal… Read More

Top 10 Performances of 2010

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler December 26, 2010 “Augmented by a corps of basses capable of reaching the lowest note in the choral literature, the Miami choir put on a magnificent performance of Rachmaninoff’s rarely heard choral masterpiece. Artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley beefed up the choir to 25 members for this work, giving the ensemble a deeper, darker sound in Rachmaninoff’s complex, otherworldly harmonies.”

Seraphic Fires’ Choral Concert Scores Big for Brown County Civic Music

Green Bay Press-Gazette Warren Gerds December 23, 2010 The last time the 13-voice choral group Seraphic Fire performed for Brown County Civic Music Association two years ago, 114 people were in the audience. There was a snowstorm. Saturday night, more than 10 times 114 listeners heard the highly refined group in Ralph Holter Auditorium of Green Bay West High School. The concert performed double duty. Along with being part of Civic Music’s season, it was… Read More

Seraphic Fire Members Bring Individual Distinction to “Messiah”

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen December 19, 2010 In just a few short years, Seraphic Fire’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah have become a South Florida Christmas tradition. Patrick Dupre Quigley and his remarkable choir returned, with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, to this Baroque masterpiece Saturday night at the Arsht Center before a large and unusually attentive audience. Quigley’s compact, ninety-minute version features most of the Nativity portion with a generous selection of highlights… Read More

Seraphic Fire Outdoes Itself in Christmas Concert

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler December 9, 2010 At a candlelit Christmas concert Wednesday in Miami, the choir Seraphic Fire invited the audience to set aside thoughts of gift-wrapping, trees and colored lights and to experience the holiday as a solemn midnight service in a medieval church, monastery or cathedral. “The concept of a Jingle Bells Christmas is a relatively new one,” the choir’s artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, told the audience at St…. Read More

Quigley Builds New Chamber Orchestra on Seraphic Fire’s Success

The Miami Herald Daniel Chang October 8, 2010 Patrick Dupré Quigley has been performing music for as long as he can remember: in church, hymns lent gravitas to the ritual of Catholic mass; in school, piano lessons and choir practice filled his afternoons; on road trips to visit his grandparents as a child, songs made the hours pass quickly. But it wasn’t until his sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame, after changing majors… Read More

Choral singers show love for old favorites

The Miami Herald David Fleshler November 5, 2010 The singers of Seraphic Fire set aside their scores of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi and returned to the music of their childhoods Thursday for a more personal concert of gospel, Broadway and American pop music. As artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley told the audience at St. Christopher’s by the Sea Church in Key Biscayne, the choir members learned to sing in churches, from the radio and on… Read More

New Classical Tracks: Choral Synergy

Minnesota Public Radio Julie Amacher November 2, 2010 St. Paul, Minn. — Eight years ago, Patrick Quigley moved to Miami after completing his master’s degree in conducting at Yale. He immediately began congregating with several other singers, and they decided to put on a show. That’s how the professional choral ensemble Seraphic Fire was born. The goal of Seraphic Fire is to shed new light on familiar works and to premiere and commission works by… Read More

Ancient church music performed exquisitely

Miami Herald Tim Norris October 1, 2010 Seraphic Fire opens its season with Rachmaninoff’s take on music of the Russian Orthodox Church A punch line gave way to a panorama Thursday night. Waiting for a well-advertised rattle-the-eardrums moment in All Night Vigil (Vespers), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s epic liturgical piece for chorus, the audience at Seraphic Fire’s season-opening performance found itself swept onto far wider, more colorful ground. The Vespers, listeners knew, would be delivered a cappella… Read More

An expanded Seraphic Fire delves deep in Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

South Florida Classical Review David Fleshler October 1, 2010 When the members of Seraphic Fire filed into a Key Biscayne church Thursday evening for their opening concert of the season, the most striking thing was how numerous they were. Regulars at the choir’s performances are accustomed to seeing a dozen or so singers, often stepping forward for solos before retreating back into the group. But for this gorgeous and rousing performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers-or All… Read More

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