El Fuego Serafico

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Seraphic Fire opens its seventh season this week, one that should prove significant for Patrick Dupre Quigley (left) and his gifted singers. In addition to the chamber choir offering its standard jambalaya of the traditional and diverse, Quigley will launch the new Firebird Chamber Orchestra Oct. 9 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

But this week it’s Seraphic Fire’s turn, leading off its season with five performances of Latin choral music, centered on the Cuban Baroque composer Esteban Salas. The program will also cover music from Spain, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and New World villancicos, going beyond the 18th-century to include works by two local composers. Alvaro Bermudez’s Mi Para Mi will be premiered and the choir will also reprise the Ave Maria by Miguel Nieves, a strikingly beautiful work debuted by Seraphic Fire in 2005. Tickets are $35 ($87 for a season subscription). 305-476-0260; http://www.seraphicfire.org/

Seraphic Fire performs:

8 p.m. Wednesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3220 NW 7th Ave., Miami 33137

1 p.m. Thursday at the Harriet Himmel Theater, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach 33401

7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables 33134

8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale 33301

4 p.m. Saturday at Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel (on Lincoln Road), Miami Beach 33139

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