Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute present a Concert Of Masterworks

July 17, 2012

Mike Burgess
Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire
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MIAMI, FL – The GRAMMY-nominated team of Seraphic Fire, Miami’s professional chamber choir, and the Professional Choral Institute, the only training program for professional choral singers in the United States, will present A Concert of Masterworks including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Pachelbel, and more, on June 22nd at 7:30pm St. Boniface Church in Sarasota and on June 23rd at 7:30pm at the USF Concert Hall. Admission is free for the June 22nd performance and $5 for the June 23rd performance.

These concerts will feature three of Bach’s motets-Jesu, Meine Freude; Singet Dem Herrn; and Lobet Den Herrn-each a thrilling display of vocal fireworks. Joining these masterpieces will be two of Felix Mendelssohn’s most brilliant a cappella choral works: Richte Mich Gott and Denn Er Hat Seinen Engeln.

Rounding out the program will be Pachelbel’s Jauchzet Dem Herrn for double choir, as well as motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Heinrich Schütz, and Josef Rheinberger. The concerts will be led by Seraphic Fire’s Patrick Dupré Quigley, and will feature the up-and-coming choral conductors of the Professional Choral Institute.

Two free public masterclasses will be delivered prior to the concerts at the USF Concert Hall on June 18th and 20th, 7pm-10pm. Both of these events will be workshops for the aspiring choral conductor students of the Professional Choral Institute. Dr. James K. Bass and Patrick Dupré Quigley will offer their insights to the students as they lead both Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute ensemble in the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Schütz, and Pachelbel.

Last year’s collaboration between Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute, a recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, was the only American choral project to be nominated for the 2012 Best Choral Performance GRAMMY® Award. Additionally, Seraphic Fire’s recording of A Seraphic Fire Christmas was nominated for the 2012 Best Small Ensemble Performance GRAMMY® Award.


Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute

Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute present A Concert of Masterworks, preceded by two free masterclasses

Free Public Masterclass
Monday, June 18th, 7pm-10pm
USF Concert Hall
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620

Free Public Masterclass
Wednesday, June 20th, 7pm-10pm
USF Concert Hall
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620

A Concert of Masterworks
Friday, June 22nd 7:30pm
St. Boniface Episcopal Church
5615 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
Admission: Free

A Concert of Masterworks
Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm
Concert at USF Concert Hall
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
Admission: $5


About the Professional Choral Institute
The Professional Choral Institute is a partnership between Seraphic Fire and the University of South Florida which focuses on ushering aspiring ensemble singers from talented amateurs to professional musicians. The two-week-long program teaches undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional singers the skills needed to move into the growing field of professional choral singing. Areas of vocational training include: vocal technique, musicianship skills, rehearsal comportment, audition skills, and résumé and headshot evaluation. PCI’s participants work with Seraphic Fire to rehearse, perform and record masterworks of the Classical choral repertoire. Seraphic Fire and PCI’s first collaboration, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, was nominated for a 2012 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance.

Seraphic Fire has a history of successful partnership with students; its performance with the Western Michigan University Chorale yielded Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610, which rose to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical chart. PCI makes its home in USF’s newly opened Performing Arts Teaching Facility.
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