Seraphic Fire to emphasize its repertorial strengths in 2012-13

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Patrick Quigley will open Seraphic Fire's 11th season October 17 with a program of American music.

Seraphic Fire’s 2012-13 season will bring a return to favorite works by Handel and Purcell, along with Gregorian chant, American song and a 500-year survey of Spanish music in Florida.

“It’s a little bit of everything we do well,” said artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley. “We realized we do certain things really well and that’s what we wanted to emphasize this season.”

Seraphic Fire’s eleventh season will open October 17 with a performance of American music inspired by the Shaker tradition, including works by Copland, Barber and Lauridsen.

The Grammy-nominated choir’s November program (Nov. 14-18) will concentrate on the consolatory expression of the psalms with music spanning from Bach and Monteverdi to Virgil Thomson.

December will bring a double-shot of holiday music. Quigley will lead his singers im the choir’s popular candlelight Christmas concerts Dec. 12-16. And after a hiatus Seraphic will once again offer Handel’s Messiah with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in three performances Dec. 21-23.

Seraphic Fire will lead off 2013 with a program devoted to Gregorian Chant in the Marian tradition (Jan. 16-20).

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the earliest opera still in the regular repertory, will return for three performances (Feb. 22-24). And Seraphic soprano Kathryn Mueller will be in the spotlight March 20-24 for a program of virtuosic opera arias by Vivaldi.

The deep history of Spanish influence in Florida will be marked April 10-14 with a program celebrating 500 years of Spanish music. And Seraphic Fire will close its season May 8-12 with a populist program of “Cathedral Classics,” including Allegri’s Miserere, Randall Thompson’s Alleluia and other works to be voted on by Seraphic Fire audiences.

Next season’s programs will be performed at the choir’s current venues in Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Miami Beach. Call 305-285-9060 or go to seraphicfire.org.

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