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When are the performances? What is the program?
Seraphic Fire explores humanity’s continual quest for peace through the music of American composers Steve Reich and Samuel Barber. Setting the anonymous poems of Irish monks from the 8th to the 13th centuries to music composed in the 20th century, Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs are a meditation on solitude, isolation, and the simple joys of life. A special rebroadcast of the 2016 performance of Reich’s The Desert Music by Seraphic Fire and New World Symphony, conducted by Patrick Quigley, raises the duality of war and peace and questions the lengths humankind will go to achieve its goals.
Date: Sunday, February 14, 4:00 pm, Pre-Concert Conversation at 3:30 pm
Hosted by: James K. Bass
This Valentine’s Day, let Seraphic Fire serenade you and your loved ones. Associate Conductor James K. Bass will host a presentation of never-before-released archival recordings of Seraphic Fire love songs–a highlight reel of some of the sweetest and most tender performances throughout the years. The performance continues into the next week as a Seraphic Fire artist prepares a personalized video performance serving as a one-on-one love-song serenade. Create a special moment by treating your valentine to a personalized concert with Seraphic Fire Serenade.
Program: Eternal Fire
Date: Sunday, March 21, 4:00 pm, Pre-Concert Conversation at 3:30 pm
Hosted by: Patrick Dupré Quigley
In keeping with the Season S theme “Vita Brevis, Ars Longa,” music from across centuries will showcase eternal and shared human emotions of devotion, peace, suffering, and love. Bach’s sacred cantata for Pentecost “O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe” [“O Eternal Fire, O Source of Love”] features a warm and contemplative alto solo, full chorus, and chamber orchestra. The theme of fire continues with a rebroadcast of Seraphic Fire’s performance of American composer David Lang’s oratorio the little match girl passion. Stark and emotive, the contemporary work, inspired by Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, tells Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fable of a girl selling matches in the cold of winter. Though sonically very different, the two works will ignite your heart with compassion.
Program: New Traditions
Date: May – Date TBD
Hosted by: Patrick Dupré Quigley
The old and the new collide in the closing program of Season S. Seraphic Fire revisits Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale and explores the composer’s role as a bridge between the Renaissance and Baroque traditions. With the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the program also will feature the premiere of a new commission, Danzas del Silencio, by Miami-resident and long-time Seraphic Fire collaborator Alvaro Bermudez. Inspired by both the structure of Bach and the dance rhythms of Colombia, the new work blends traditions and pays tribute to Bermudez’s father.
How will I be able to view the concert?
Concerts will be broadcast on Vimeo, an online video streaming and sharing platform known for hosting high-definition videos for a premium viewing experience — think YouTube with elevated audio/video quality and no ads.
You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the concert, texts and translations, and the artist roster on the Friday before the program. This information will also be available on our website. You do not need to have social media to view the concert.
When will I receive the link for the broadcast?
On the Friday prior to the performance, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the concert, texts and translations, and the artist roster. Performances will be broadcast Vimeo.
Do I need to create a free Vimeo account to watch the broadcast?
No. You will only need the link and password that will be shared on the Friday prior to the performance to watch the broadcast on your computer. However, if you are planning on watching the video on a smartphone, tablet, or smart TV and are using Vimeo’s app, you will need to create a free Vimeo account to use the app.
What technical specifications are required to watch Seraphic Fire concerts?
Make sure your internet browser is updated and test your internet download speed before the concert.
A minimum internet download speed of 5 Mbps (megabits per second) for streaming or downloading videos is recommended. Not sure how fast your internet is? Do a quick test at https://testmy.net/download.
If your Wi-Fi is slow, try limiting the number of devices connected to the network, or try a hard-wired Ethernet connection to the streaming device.
- Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates)
- Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates)*
- Internet Explorer 11*
- Microsoft Edge
- Safari 9+
That should be enough to get you set up to view Seraphic Fire concerts, but if you need more information on Vimeo’s system requirements, see here.
Can I watch the concert on my TV?
Yes, you can stream Vimeo videos to most connected TVs. You can use Chromecast, Amazon’s Firestick, or Apple’s AirPlay. If you have a Smart TV, you might need to download the Vimeo app to your TV or smartphone. See below for specific instructions based on the device you are using.
How can I get the best audio quality at home?
If watching alone, headphones will provide an immersive experience and the highest quality audio.
If watching with a group, casting the program to a TV or using an external speaker with your device are both great options for high-quality audio. See the next FAQ for instructions on how to cast to a TV.
Sound quality using the built-in speakers on your device should be adequate, but we recommend the options above for the highest quality audio
If I need technical assistance, will there be help available?
We’re here to help! Check out our Quick Start Guide. We also have a limited number of 1-on-1 consultations available Sat, Dec 19, between 10am and 3pm EST; email firstname.lastname@example.org with the best time and phone number to reach you.
***Our Quick Start Guide will guide you through the steps to access the concert. The instructions will walk you through the instructions to access the Season S Teaser video so you can practice before the night of the concert.
If you’d like to do a practice run of accessing the concert, sign up for a personal consultations with one of our staff members.
You can also call our help-line to speak with someone directly.***
What other activities can I expect as part of Season S multimedia concerts?
Pre-Concert Conversation will take place 30 mins prior to the concert and will be open to all ticketholders. Please see your pre-concert email with more information
Season S pass holders will be invited to an exclusive talkback via Zoom in the weeks after the program. More info to come.
The Seraphic Saturday Podcast released monthly are an accompaniment to the Season S performances.
If you’ve purchased a Season S pass, you also can expect to receive something fun in the mail before the concert. Want to be in on the fun? There’s still time to purchase a Season S pass. If you’ve already purchased a pass, make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information by sending an email with the subject line “Season S Pass Contact Info” to email@example.com.
What if I can’t make the actual live performance time, can I view it later?
Yes, you will be able to view the performance for up to 72 hours after the performance using the same link and password.
Can I buy a ticket to only one concert?
Yes, a limited amount of single tickets will be available starting 2 weeks before each performance.
Do I have to buy a ticket for everyone that is watching?
No, the Season S pass or single ticket is good for 1 household. We’ll stick to the honor system – please don’t share your link or password with other households.
When can we expect in-person performances to resume?
Please check our COVID-19 FAQ page for the most recent updates. Seraphic Fire is currently developing a reopening plan and will consider resuming some form of live performance no earlier than February 2021, if public health conditions allow. Check back in December for more information.