Seraphic Fire Performs Modern Music from Across the Americas

March 3,2016

Ross Chuchla
Director of Operations, Seraphic Fire
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Featuring New York’s Trinity Wall Street Music Director Dr. Julian Wachner

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, the nationally acclaimed Miami-based vocal ensemble, explores Modernism in the Americas with composers from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and Canada. This program will allow South Florida audiences to hear music that expertly combines traditional European styles with Brazilian melodies, Argentinian rhythms, and American harmonies. The ensemble will be led by guest conductor and pianist Julian Wachner, a champion of new music who is described as “a model of what is musically and emotionally possible” by The New York Times.

As a composer himself, Julian Wachner understands the complexities that can come with performing newer music, especially music that combines different styles. Named one of New York City’s “10 Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014” by WQXR, Julian is known for eclectic, innovative programming that is able to “draw maximum drama from the score” (The Washington Post). Combined with the “equally pure and hypnotic” voices of Seraphic Fire (Chicago Sun-Times), this concert is a perfect representation of South Florida’s own electric culture.

The program will feature Heiter Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras no. 9, which was originally written for string orchestra and contains no text, but emphasizes the rhythms and melodies from Brazilian folk music. Alberto Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah fuses rhythms of Argentinian dance with complex Baroque styles to create a driving, mournful sense of praise. Headlining the program will be Morten Lauridsen’s Chansons des Roses, which uses lush harmonies along with vivid text to bring the listener into intimate stories about a rose. Julian Wachner’s own composition Six Rilke Songs, based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry that paints detailed emotional scenes of different animals, will also be performed.

Performances of this concert, A Single Rose: Modernism in the Americas, will be held in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Collier counties March 9th through the 13th. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, visit or call (305) 285-9060.

Performance Schedule

March 9, 2016, 7:30 PM, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Miami, FL
March 10, 2016, 7:30 PM, Moorings Presbyterian Church Naples, FL
March 11, 2016, 7:30 PM, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Coral Gables, FL
March 12, 2016, 8:00 PM, All Saints Episcopal Church Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 13, 2016, 4:00 PM, All Souls Episcopal Church Miami Beach, FL


Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important professional vocal ensembles in the United States. Made up of the best ensemble singers from across the United States, Seraphic Fire saw two recordings—Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas—receive nominations in Best Choral and Best Small Ensemble categories, respectively, of the 2012 GRAMMY® Awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choral ensemble in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects. The ensemble’s repertoire and recording catalogue spans over one thousand years of sacred music, from Gregorian chant to newly-commissioned works.

Named one of New York City’s “10 Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014” by WQXR, music director Julian Wachner continues to enjoy an international profile as conductor, composer and keyboard artist. The New York Times pronounced his Trinity Wall Street debut “superbly performed” and noted that the ensemble’s annual Lincoln Center presentation of Handel’s Messiah was “led with both fearsome energy and delicate grace…a model of what is musically and emotionally possible with this venerable score.” Of his interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, according to the Boston Globe, “there was genius here and no mistaking it.” Anne Midgette, of The Washington Post, declared recent Wagner and Verdi performances “exhilarating,” commenting: “Julian Wachner knows how to draw maximum drama from a score,” and noted that he was “emphatic and theatrical and so at home in opera that he could bring out the requisite sense of drama.”

Julian’s extensive catalogue of original compositions have been variously described as “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious” (Boston Globe), having “splendor, dignity, outstanding tone combinations, sophisticated chromatic exploration…a rich backdrop, wavering between a glimmer and a tingle…” (La Scena Musicale), being “a compendium of surprises” (Washington Post), and as “bold and atmospheric”, having “an imaginative flair for allusive text setting” and noted for “the silken complexities of his harmonies” (The New York Times).
Performances in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Sponsored By:
The Clinton Family Fund 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 Key Biscayne Community Foundation Knight Foundation The Hutson Wiley Echevarria Foundation Miami Beach Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami Salon Quest National Endowment for the Arts NCCO Norfolk Southern Kirk Foundation Someone & Somebody South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center P. L. Dodge Southern Land Films Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs The Children's Trust Williamson Automotive WLRN Arts Calendar
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