Seraphic Fire announces its 2014-2015 Season

April 14,2014

Ross Chuchla
Director of Operations, Seraphic Fire
Ross@SeraphicFire.org
Direct Line (305) 692-0268

SERAPHIC FIRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-2015 SEASON
Seraphic Fire’s Season to Include Period Instrument Orchestra, New Venues, South Dade Residency

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s GRAMMY®-nominated chamber music ensemble, announces its 2014-2015 Concert Season, including a multi-program collaboration with New-York-based period instrument orchestra, The Sebastians, feature performances of Mahler by Metropolitan Opera stars Suzanne Mentzer and Bryan Hymel, regional premieres of music by Nico Muhly and Kile Smith, a host of stunning new venues, a debut appearance on the University of Miami School of Music’sFestival Miami, and the first year of a Knight Arts Challenge-funded residency at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. To purchase tickets call (305) 285-9060 or visit www.SeraphicFire.org. Subscriptions start at $108.00 and go on sale April 14, 2014. Single tickets available September 1, 2014.

“Our 2014-2015 Season breaks new ground for Seraphic Fire,” says Seraphic Fire’s founder and Artistic Director, Patrick Dupré Quigley. “This year sees the first time that any of our Baroque and Classical repertoire will have been performed on period instruments in Florida. It is a great honor for us to present regional historically-informed premieres alongside the music of new, young, contemporary composers.”

Performances feature staples of the classical canon like Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Bach’s Ich Habe Genug, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah,Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, as well as regional premieres of new music by living American composers Nico Muhly and Kile Smith. The season also includes a return of Seraphic Fire’s most popular program: the ensemble’s a cappella Christmas concerts in itsCarols by Candlelight.

The 2014-2015 Season begins with an exciting partnership with the New York-based period instrument orchestra The Sebastians. Praised by The New York Times for their“energetic, youthful, vigorous performing style,” The Sebastians join Seraphic Fire for four programs (14 concerts) during the season, making them the first-ever resident period instrument orchestra in South Florida.

Seraphic Fire’s Vivaldi Gloria performances in November include a collaboration with University of Miami and Seraphic Fire’s debut at Festival Miami. Hosted each fall by the University of Miami School of Music, Festival Miami features 25-30 concerts by international guest artists and master faculty. The concert in Gusman Hall will mark Seraphic Fire’s first appearance on the University of Miami’s campus.

In April, Metropolitan Opera superstars Suzanne Mentzer and Bryan Hymel, along with the thrilling young baritone Dashon Burton, join the Firebird Chamber Orchestra under Patrick Dupré Quigley’s baton for a double bill of Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde and Bach’s Ich Habe Genug. And in May, Seraphic Fire partners with the celebrated professional Renaissance wind band Piffaro for performances of Kile Smith’s Vespers. Hailed as “one of the world’s top international ensembles,” (The Detroit News) Philadelphia-based Piffaro uses period instruments in Smith’s 21st Century reworking of ancient chants and chorale melodies.

As another South Florida first, this season 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 James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, Seraphic Fire will present four of its regular season programs at South Miami-Dade’s premier cultural center.

Tickets available at (305) 285-9060 or visit 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.
Performances in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Sponsored By:
Brickell Bank The Clinton Family Fund Brodsky Fotiu-Wojtowicz Broward County Florida Cultural Division Coral Gables The City Beautiful Coral Gables Community Foundation The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation Enterprise Holdings Foundation Funding ARTS Broward! Funding ARTS Network First Miami Jose Luis Pere | Compass Key Biscayne Community Foundation Knight Foundation Miami Beach Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami Salon National Endowment for the Arts NCCO Norfolk Southern Someone & Somebody South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Southern Land Films Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs The Children's Trust Tropical Chevrolet Williamson Automotive WLRN
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