From Bach to Rach, Seraphic Fire will offer a diverse feast next season

By Lawrence A. Johnson


Patrick Dupre Quigley, artistic director of Seraphic Fire

Seraphic Fire will serve up both the sacred and profane next season with an ambitious lineup that includes Bach’s St. John Passion, Orff’s Carmina Burana and performances at the New World Symphony’s new Frank Gehry home.

Artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley will open the choir’s ninth season with Rachmaninoff’s remarkable Vespers Sept. 30. The annual gospel program will follow in November, followed by the also now-traditional two Christmas programs in December, “A Candlelight Christmas” and Handel’s Messiah.

January will bring Carl Orff’s lusty Carmina Burana with the choir joined by the Firebird Chamber Orchestra. The choir and orchestra will also team up for Bach’s mighty St. John Passion in March and performances of Purcell’s rarely heard semi-opera, King Arthur in May.

Other programs include “Out of Babylon: One Jewish Family’s Diaspora Story” with Cantor George Mordecai in February and the second installment of the Brandenburg Project with the Firebird musicians in April.

Most performances will take place at the choir’s usual church venues, with Messiah and Carmina Burana also presented at the Arsht Center in Miami. Two King Arthur performances will mark Seraphic Fire’s debut at the New World Symphony’s new venue in Miami Beach.

Seraphic Fire is also presenting a summer concert series again this year , which will kick off in June with a gospel program, “It is Well with my Soul,” followed by a program of vocal music from the French Baroque in July and an intimate program spotlighting the spiritual in August.

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