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Seraphic Fire marks 15 years with a wide-ranging showcase

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen January 19, 2017 Seraphic Fire celebrated its 15th anniversary Wednesday night in Miami with a diverse program that showcased the versatility and skilled vocalism that has been the trademark of Patrick Quigley’s choral ensemble. The evening opened with a rousing traversal of Invocation by William Billings, an example of the Colonial New England hymnal tradition. (The text “Majestic God our music inspire and fill us with seraphic fire” inspired… Read More

Dos maravillosos conciertos en ‘tonos’ distintos: uno a cargo de Seraphic Fire y otro de la New World Symphony

el Nuevo Herald Daniel Fernández December 12, 2016 Nunca la iglesia Santa Sophia, de Miami, se había visto tan llena, como en la noche del miércoles 7. Hasta los laterales en los ábsides y el coro en los altos estaban llenos. Y es que el concierto navideño de la coral Seraphic Fire: On Winter’s Night, se ha vuelto una tradición que cada año atrae a más fieles de la música. Bajo la dirección de James… Read More

Seraphic Fire brings a warm glow to varied Christmas program

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen December 8, 2016 Seraphic Fire’s annual Christmas concerts have proved hugely popular, often drawing the choir’s largest audiences of the season. What makes these events really special, however, is the inventive programming which combines holiday rarities with familiar carols. On Wednesday night the sanctuary of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral was bedecked with a Christmas tree and holiday decorations, providing a festive atmosphere for the 90-minute concert. Hot, muggy… Read More

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 offers a program of remembrance in Georgetown

Washington Classical Review Charles T. Downey November 14, 2016 Seraphic Fire made its latest visit to the Washington area on Sunday evening. Miami-based chamber choir presented the Requiem Masses of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé on the concert series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown. The performance of the former work was dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks one year ago, and the latter to the memory of Washington choral conductor J…. Read More

Seraphic Fire offers a program of solace and remembrance

South Florida Classical Review Lawrence Budmen November 12, 2016 Seraphic Fire returned to First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables, its former home, after a two-year absence Friday night with a program featuring music of remembrance. Two French requiems were the evening’s major offerings with a powerful new score providing an interlude. Music of Maurice Duruflé bookended the concert. The soaring melody of “Ubi Caritas” from Quatre Motets, a work often sung by church choirs… 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

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