Season to Include Northeast Residences and New Collaborations
MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s GRAMMY®-nominated choral orchestral chamber music ensemble, announces its 2015-2016 Concert Season, including three Cleveland Orchestra-style residencies in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., a debut appearance and special collaboration with the New World Symphony, the return of a multi-program collaboration with New York-based period instrument ensemble, The Sebastians, a guest conductor appearance by Trinity Wall Street Music Director Julian Wachner, feature performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Brahms’s The German Requiem, the premiere of a commissioned work by Jake Runestad, and the second year of a Knight Arts Challenge-funded residency at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
“Our 2015-2016 Season is the most ambitious yet,” says Seraphic Fire’s founder and Artistic Director, Patrick Dupré Quigley. “We will introduce audiences and publications in the Northeast to what South Florida patrons have known for years—that Seraphic Fire is one of the best and most engaging concert experiences in the nation.”
The Northeast residencies will bring Seraphic Fire and South Florida into the national spotlight with performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem, and Brahms’s The German Requiem at major venues in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. By performing in front of the national press along the East Coast, Seraphic Fire aims to bring deserving international attention to South Florida as a cultural arts center.
In a Miami first, South Florida’s two premier performing arts institutions, the New World Symphony and Seraphic Fire, will collaborate in April 2016 to present Steve Reich’s The Desert Music. Based on poems by American poet William Carlos Williams, this 1983 masterpiece represents a groundbreaking fusion of pulsing harmony, counterpoint and sung texts within a minimalist setting. Music of Claudio Monteverdi and Gyorgy Ligeti round out the program. This performance will be conducted by Patrick Dupré Quigley, Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire, at the New World Center on Miami Beach.
The 2015-2016 Season begins with a premiere of a commissioned work by Jake Runestad, alongside Schubert’s great Mass in G. It will also be the continuation of an exciting partnership with the New York-based period instrument ensemble, The Sebastians. Praised by The New York Times for their “energetic, youthful, vigorous performing style,” and South Florida Classical Review for their “superb musicianship,” The Sebastians appear again for four programs during the season, keeping Seraphic Fire’s original performances at the forefront of classical music in the United States.
Next season’s programs feature some of Seraphic Fire’s greatest achievements, with the commissioned completion of Mozart’s Requiem by the dynamic young composer Gregory Spears, and Brahms’s The German Requiem, for which Seraphic Fire received a GRAMMY®-nomination in 2012. The season also includes a return of the ensemble’s most popular programs: the a cappella Christmas concerts in its annual Christmas program, The First Noël, Handel’s immortal Messiah, and a program of American Spirituals.
In March, Julian Wachner, Director of Music at Trinity Wall Street, New York, will join Seraphic Fire for a program encompassing the 20th Century music of the Americas, including works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera, Morten Lauridsen, and Mr. Wachner, himself.
The season also features Seraphic Fire as the only classical music ensemble-in-residence at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Through a generous grant from the John S. and mes L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, Seraphic Fire will present four of its regular season programs in collaboration with South Miami-Dade’s premier cultural center.
The partnership with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is a vital piece of South Florida’s cultural framework as it allows Seraphic Fire to reach an underserved market as well as those not readily engaged by Miami’s downtown scene. Thanks to Knight Foundation, Seraphic Fire can continue to take their programs to a new market, yet still perform in a world-class venue.
Rhett Del Campo, Seraphic Fire’s Managing Director, remarked, “Seraphic Fire’s pivotal 14th season represents a bold step forward for this entire region. South Florida is redefining what it means to be a vibrant art city and our Northeast Residencies allow us to do our part in highlighting this fantastic community.”
Subscriptions start at just $108, and are available April 15th by calling (305) 285-9060 or by visiting www.SeraphicFire.org. A full listing of next season’s programs with venues, as well as bios of featured performers, is below. For high resolution images or interview requests, please contact Ross Chuchla at (305) 285-9060, or via email at Ross@SeraphicFire.org.