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November 2020

Maria of Spain: Tomás Luis de Victoria

Maria of Spain: Tomas Luis de Victoria

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Sometimes an especially intriguing person – in this case Maria of Spain, a future Holy Roman Empress – inspires a composer – Victoria – to produce a commensurately intriguing work. Who was the woman whose connection to Victoria elicited his deeply personal Requiem?

Born in 1528 to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Isabella of Portugal, Maria was part of the most elite royal family in Europe and was a patron of the greatest musical artists of her time. As a child at the Spanish court under Charles V, and later serving as regent for her father and brother (Philip II), Maria daily encountered the most famous choir in the world: the Cappila Flemenca. In 1548 Maria married her first cousin Archduke Maximilian and in 1564 became Holy Roman Empress and Archduchess of Austria. In Vienna Maria had at her disposal the musical establishment of the Imperial Hapsburg Court. After the death of her husband, Maxmillian II, Maria retired to the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (The Convent of the Royal Barefooted) in Madrid and had as her personal chapelmaster the inimitable Tomás Luis de Victoria. Upon her death, Victoria composed his six-voice Requiem, arguably the composer’s greatest work and a testament to Maria’s legacy.

Concert Schedule:

Fri, Nov 6, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables
– First United Methodist
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Sat, Nov 7, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Tue, Nov 10, 7:30pm  |  Miami
– Beth David Congregation
2625 SW 3rd Ave Miami


December 2020

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

James K. Bass, guest conductor

From the traditional opening strains of Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful), Seraphic Fire’s annual a cappella candlelight Christmas concerts are a highlight of the cultural season. The world’s most recognizable yuletide hymn, Silent Night, serves as the centerpiece for this year’s Christmas musical celebration. Beautiful Gregorian chant, timeless carols, and glorious motets create a holiday soundscape that transports the listener across time and space.

Join us for a Pre-Concert Conversation one hour before each concert. Pre-Concert Conversations generally last 30 minutes.

Concert Schedule:

Tue, Dec 8, 7:00pm  |  Naples
– Vanderbilt Presbyterian
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Fri, Dec 11, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables
– First United Methodist
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Sat, Dec 12, 7:30pm  |  Miami Beach
– All Souls Episcopal
4025 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach

Sun, Dec 13, 7:00pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Wed, Dec 16, 7:30pm  |  Miami
– First Miami Presbyterian
609 Brickell Ave, Miami


January 2021

Copland: Simple Gifts

Copland: Simple Gifts

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Aaron Copland wrote his two sets of Old American Songs for the great tenor Peter Pears and singular baritone William Warfield. From publication forward they were a national treasure, presenting American song tunes in the formal concert hall, placing the American folk idiom on the same stage as Mozart and Beethoven. Containing Simple Gifts, At the River, The Little Horses, Zion’s Walls, and many more, the Old American Songs stand as one of the great testaments of American musical life. Clara Osowski is mezzo-soprano soloist in Copland’s remarkable In the Beginning. Also on this program is the premiere of Beloved of the Sky by Canadian composer Tawnie Olson, winner of the 2018 Barlow Prize. Olson, whose music is described as glorious, ethereal, and mesmerizing, draws inspiration from politics, spirituality, and the natural world.

Concert Schedule:

Thu, Jan 21, 7:00pm  |  Naples
– Vanderbilt Presbyterian
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Fri, Jan 22, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables
– First United Methodist
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Sat, Jan 23, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Sun, Jan 24, 4:00pm  |  Miami Beach
– All Souls Episcopal
4025 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach


February 2021

The Enlightenment Festival II

The Enlightenment Festival II

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Seraphic Fire’s Enlightenment Festival returns by popular demand in 2021 with engaging programs of 18th Century music, and its origins. The musicians of Seraphic Fire will explore the relationship between George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach – and their musical predecessors Henry Purcell and Claudio Monteverdi. Chamber music concerts and larger festival concerts will paint a vivid portrait of some of history’s most remarkable music innovators.

Join us for a Pre-Concert Conversation one hour before each concert. Pre-Concert Conversations generally last 30 minutes.

Concert Schedule:

Monteverdi and the Madrigal

Claudio Monteverdi is represented by an evening dedicated to his madrigals, including the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda from the Madrigals of Love and War. Heinrich Schutz’s thrilling and virtuosic motets and his masterpiece, the Musikalische Exequien, introduce us to the heights of German composition before Bach.

Thu, Feb 18, 7:30pm  |  Miami
– Beth David Congregation
2625 SW 3rd Ave Miami

Fri, Feb 19, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables (SP)
– St. Philip’s Episcopal 1121 Andalusia Avenue Coral Gables

Sat, Feb 20, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Bach and the Cantata

The Festival concludes with two of Bach’s cantatas (BWV 62 & BWV 180) and his triumphant Ascension Oratorio, with soloists Margot Rood and Nola Richardson, soprani, Reginald Mobley, countertenor, Steven Soph, tenor, John Buffett, baritone, and John Lenti, lute. Rich, concise, and surprisingly melodic, the Ascension Oratorio has it all – joyful trumpet writing, a stunning aria so poignant that Bach went on to use it in the B Minor Mass, and profound choral music illustrating the vastness of the heavens.

Thu, Feb 25, 7:00pm  |  Naples
– Vanderbilt Presbyterian
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Fri, Feb 26, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables (FUM)
– First United Methodist
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Sat, Feb 27, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal 333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Sun, Feb 28, 4:00pm  |  Miami Beach
– All Souls Episcopal
4025 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach


March 2021

The Impressionists: Music of Debussy and Ravel

The Impressionists: Music of Debussy and Ravel

James K. Bass, guest conductor

Seraphic Fire and conductor/curator Dr. James K. Bass take the audience on an aural journey to a late 19th century Parisian salon. Close your eyes and let this immersive music wash over you. Solo chanson, choral gems, piano miniatures, and harp soundscapes will surround the listener in this experiential concert.

Concert Schedule:

Wed, Mar 17, 7:30pm  |  Miami
– Beth David Congregation
2625 SW 3rd Ave Miami

Thu, Mar 18, 7:00pm  |  Naples
– Vanderbilt Presbyterian
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Fri, Mar 19, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables (SP)
– St. Philip’s Episcopal 1121 Andalusia Avenue Coral Gables

Sat, Mar 20, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale

Sun, Mar 21, 4:00pm  |  Miami Beach
– All Souls Episcopal
4025 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach


April 2021

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

O Fortuna! Carl Orff’s exuberant celebration of music, magic, and mysticism is the predecessor to the modern-day movie score. With all the edge-of-your-seat vocal pyrotechnics of a choral action/adventure film, Carmina Burana remains one of the most recognizable musical pieces of all time. Seraphic Fire is joined by The Percussion Collective, an extraordinary new group that “brings the audience a level of artistry, beauty, and insight more commonly found in great string quartets.” (Beijing Morning Post) This blockbuster of a concert will keep you humming for hours after the curtain comes down. 

Concert Schedule:

Thu, Apr 22, 7:00pm  |  Naples
– Vanderbilt Presbyterian
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Fri, Apr 23, 7:30pm  |  Coral Gables
– First United Methodist
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Sat, Apr 24, 7:30pm  |  Ft. Lauderdale
– All Saints Episcopal
333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale



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