Seraphic Fire opens 10th Season with Requiem for Renaissance rockstar

October 11, 2011

Mike Burgess
Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire
Mike@SeraphicFire.org
Direct Line (305) 692-0268

SERAPHIC FIRE OPENS 10TH SEASON WITH REQUIEM FOR RENAISSANCE ROCKSTAR

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, Miami’s enterprising professional chamber choir, opens its 10th Anniversary Season with a tribute to one of the foremost forces of the musical Renaissance, Tomás Luis de Victoria. Victoria, musician to popes and empresses, wrote ravishingly sensual sacred music for the human voice, capturing the glory of the Spanish Renaissance and catapulting the musical world into the Baroque period. A Requiem for the Renaissance runs for ONLY FIVE NIGHTS, October 19 – 23, 2011 at venues in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at SeraphicFire.org or by phone at (888) 544-FIRE. Continuing its mission to reach younger audiences, a limited amount of tickets will be FREE for those thirty and under.

The year is 1611. Shakespeare premieres The Tempest at Whitehall, the King James Bible is on the printing press, and Tomás Luis de Victoria is on his deathbed. Widely known throughout Europe as the heir to the musical throne of Renaissance senior statesman Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Victoria spent the last years of his life in the service of the Dowager Empress Maria. Seraphic Fire performs a 75 minute program of breathtakinga cappella motets illustrating the genius of Victoria, as well as those composers who came before and after.

Ten years in the making, A Requiem for the Renaissance at once marks the dawn of a new decade for the group and concludes a summer of striking success. Seraphic Fire’s latest album, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, was released in August to a flurry of excitement. On the day of its release the album reached the top five on the iTunes Classical chart and days later debuted at No. 7 on Billboard‘s Traditional Classical chart.

“Ten years…it is almost hard to believe!” says Seraphic Fire founder Patrick Dupré Quigley. “We’ve performed the music of Victoria on every season since our founding – he has become a kind of house composer for us. I can’t think of a more fitting opening to celebrate a new Seraphic Fire decade than by performing his music.”

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Who:
Seraphic Fire, Miami’s Internationally Lauded Professional Chamber Choir

What:
Miami’s musical Cinderella story opens its 10th Anniversary Season with a program of luxurious Spanish Renaissance music, featuring the groundbreaking contributions of 17th century master Tomás Luis de Victoria.

When and Where:
Wednesday, October 19, 7:30pm
St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church
126 S.E. 15th Road, Miami, FL 33129

Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
100 N.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432

Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
536 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Saturday, October 22, 8:00pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Sunday, October 23, 4:00pm
Miami Beach Community Church
1620 Drexel Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra’s season is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the support of the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, with the support of the City of Coral Gables and from Funding Arts Network.

Firebird Chamber Orchestra and the Knight Concert Series are generously funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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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