Seraphic Fire announces 2017-2018 Season

Fri, Mar 3, 2017

Carlos Howard
Marketing & Public Relations Manager

MIAMI – Seraphic Fire, Florida’s GRAMMY® nominated vocal ensemble, announces its 2017-2018 Season anchored by a multi-program exploration of human resilience through the music of three evocative passions led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. Guest conductor appearances include Lorelei Ensemble Founder and Artistic Director Beth Willer in November 2017 and Boston’s Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett in March 2018.

“After celebrating 15 years, this next season provides our audience with an eclectic musical journey through masterworks of cultural significance like Brahms’ timeless Liebeslieder Waltzes, as well as through high-quality under-performed music like David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion,” said Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Our 16th Season continues to put South Florida at the center of artistic innovation with the country’s finest vocal artists performing history’s awe-inspiring repertoire.”

Seraphic Fire presents three of its concerts in a special series, Parables of Passion, which delves into stories of anguish and hope that showcase human resilience. These performances include David Lang’s powerfully minimalistic The Little Match Girl Passion in January 2018, J. S. Bach’s virtuosic St. Matthew Passion in February 2018, and Arvo Pärt’s austerely contemplative Passio in April 2018.

In October 2017, Seraphic Fire and Patrick Dupré Quigley open the season with Monteverdi’s Selva Morale et Spirituale, a 17th Century collection of sacred Italian madrigals that possess intimate sonorities with the dramatics of later operatic works. Following this Italian Baroque showcase, Lorelei Ensemble Artistic Director Beth Willer leads Seraphic Fire in November 2017 through a survey of American hymnody that brings together sacred tradition and intrepid musical modernism.

For 15 years, Seraphic Fire has awed listeners with its musically absorbing holiday tradition, A Seraphic Fire Christmas. This annual GRAMMY® nominated event led by Associate Conductor James K. Bass features Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, in which the artists surround the audience to perform a mesmerizing cannon, as well as unique arrangements of popular traditional carols.

“We take great pride in connecting with so many communities of different spiritual beliefs during the holiday season,” says James K. Bass. “Singing to sold-out houses every December has been equally transformative to audience members and artists, and we look toward this next program with great anticipation as we get the chance to connect with our friends on a very personal level.”

Featured in Seraphic Fire’s GRAMMY® nominated 2012 disc Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, pianist and conductor Scott Allen Jarrett returns to South Florida in March 2018 to lead the German master’s whimsical Liebeslieder Waltzes from the keyboard.

Capping off the season is a presentation that shines the spotlight on the great Elizabethan bard William Shakespeare in May 2018. James K. Bass and Seraphic Fire perform music that employs Shakespeare’s poetry as its source for inspiration.

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2017-2018 Performances:

Oct 2017
Monteverdi: Selva Morale et Spirituale
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

The Guardian refers to Selva Morale et Spirituale as Monteverdi’s “most significant anthology of liturgical works.” Hear Seraphic Fire in its element in this exhibition of the Italian Baroque style.

Wed, Oct 18, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Oct 19, 7:30pm | Miami Beach
Fri, Oct 20, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Oct 21, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale

Nov 2017
American Hymns Rediscovered
Beth Willer, conductor

Rich tradition and fearless innovation define American music. In this program, Seraphic Fire delivers American hymnody alongside contemporary works of musical poetry that call for wisdom, peace, and action.

Wed, Nov 8, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Nov 9, 7:30pm | Miami Beach
Fri, Nov 10, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Nov 11, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Nov 12, 4:00pm | Boca Raton

Dec 2017
A Seraphic Fire Christmas
James K. Bass, conductor

Immerse yourself in angelic voices singing timeless English carols and transcendent Gregorian chant. Florida’s own GRAMMY® nominated candlelit holiday experience is called “gorgeous and evocative” by the Miami Herald.

Wed, Dec 8, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Dec 7, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Fri, Dec 8, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Dec 9, 7:30pm | Miami Beach
Sun, Dec 10, 7:00pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Thu, Dec 14, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Dec 15, 7:30pm | Boca Raton

Jan 2018
David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece opens Seraphic Fire’s three-part Parables of Passion series. “Poignant” and “consoling” (The New York Times), this haunting setting of the Hans Christian Andersen tale is similar to a classic Bach passion.

Wed, Jan 17, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Jan 18, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Jan 19, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Jan 20, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Jan 21, 4:00pm | Miami Beach

Feb 2018
J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
Hailed by the Miami Herald for Bach interpretations filled with “warm humanity,” Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley leads Seraphic Fire in J. S. Bach’s monumental retelling of the crucifixion scored for double chorus and double orchestra.

Thu, Feb 15, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Feb 16, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Feb 17, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale

Mar 2018
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor
Scott Allen Jarrett, featured in Seraphic Fire’s GRAMMY® nominated Ein Deutsches Requiem disc, leads Seraphic Fire from the keyboard in the most joyous and tender of Brahms’ choral works, the eternal Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Wed, Mar 14, 7:30pm | Miami
Thu, Mar 15, 7:00pm | Naples
Fri, Mar 16, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Mar 17, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Mar 18, 4:00pm | Miami Beach

Apr 2018
Arvo Pärt: Passio
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

The Telegraph calls Pärt’s minimalist masterwork one of the 10 best classical music pieces for Easter. Filtering Medieval sounds through an Eastern Orthodox aesthetic, this powerful setting concludes Seraphic Fire’s innovative Parables of Passion series.

Fri, Apr 13, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, Apr 14, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, Apr 15, 4:00pm | Naples

May 2018
Shakespeare: Music and the Bard
James K. Bass, conductor

From Purcell to Vaughan Williams, countless composers throughout the centuries have found inspiration in William Shakespeare. Seraphic Fire explores this magnificent canon of settings based on the great Elizabethan bard’s timeless words.

Wed, May 8, 7:30pm | Miami
Fri, May 11, 7:30pm | Coral Gables
Sat, May 12, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale
Sun, May 13, 4:00pm | Miami Beach

2017-2018 Special Presentations:
Concerts featuring Seraphic Fire that are presented by other organizations

Oct 2017
Monteverdi: Selva Morale et Spirituale
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Sun, Oct 22, 7:00pm | Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Road United Methodist

Dec 2017
A Seraphic Fire Christmas
James K. Bass, conductor
Sun, Dec 17, 4:00pm | Cutler Bay: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Feb 2018
Monteverdi: Selva Morale et Spirituale
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

Wed, Feb 21, 7:30pm | Greencastle, IN: DePauw University
Thu, Feb 22, 7:30pm | St. Louis, MO: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Sat, Feb 24, 7:30pm | Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University

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