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.
Made possible by The Clinton Family Fund, Bruce & Martha Clinton
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 Congregation2625 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 Episcopal333 Tarpon Drive Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Feb 21, 4:00pm | Boca Raton – St. Gregory’s Episcopal100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton
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 Presbyterian1225 Piper Blvd, Naples
Fri, Feb 26, 7:30pm | Coral Gables (FUM) – First United Methodist536 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 Episcopal4025 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach