Seraphic Fire to Appear with The Cleveland Orchestra, Premiere 8 New Choral Works

As part of their 15th Anniversary Season, Seraphic Fire will appear with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami and at Severance Hall in Cleveland.


Featuring the first-ever collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra by Seraphic Fire, the Miami-based professional vocal ensemble will join The Cleveland Orchestra at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for two performances, January 27 and 28. The ensemble will be featured on Bach’s complete Cantata No. 34 with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, and movements from Bach’s Cantatas Nos. 191 and 29, in a program that will also include Bruckner’s 7th Symphony.


In March of 2017, Seraphic Fire will make its first appearances at Severance Hall, joining The Cleveland Orchestra for performances of Stravinsky’s Threni, part of an all-Stravinsky program.


Both programs will be led by The Cleveland Orchestra’s music director, Franz Welser-Möst. Patrick Dupré Quigley will prepare Seraphic Fire for each program.


Music Director Franz Welser-Möst commented, “Building on the success of the first decade of The Cleveland Orchestra’s residency in Miami, I am excited about next year’s 2016-17 season, especially our collaboration with another world-class ensemble, Miami’s own Seraphic Fire.”


Seraphic Fire’s 15th Anniversary Season includes seven newly commissioned choral works, funded in part by Knight Foundation, and an appearance on the Georgetown Concert Series in Washington, DC this November. An additional new work by Patrick Dupré Quigley will be showcased on its opening week concerts in October.


“Our individual and collective stories have been conveyed through choral works for centuries. These creative world premieres put South Florida at the center of artistic innovation in the United States, and showcase the talent of American composers. Seraphic Fire, with its breath of talent and national reach, is the ideal choir to present them,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.


“Our 15th Anniversary Season is a culmination of Seraphic Fire’s indelible mark on South Florida,” says Seraphic Fire’s founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley. “The season will pay tribute to the music that helped the ensemble announce itself as an outstanding national arts organization, while providing new opportunities for American composers to create and share world-premiere compositions.”


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