Seraphic Fire signs with high-powered Columbia Artists Management

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Seraphic Fire and artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley are going national.

Miami’s chamber choir has been signed by Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI), the high-profile management company that represents some of the world’s leading orchestras and classical musicians, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and Lang Lang. Nominated for two Grammy Awards last year, Seraphic Fire will be only one of two choruses on CAMI’s roster.

Joey Quigley, managing director of the choir, said the signing came together very quickly. He first spoke with CAMI manager, Ben Maimin, during Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts.

“Our packet had come across his desk, and he was very excited, both with the sound of the group and also with our marketing material,” said Quigley Thursday afternoon. “He flew down to hear our “Silent Night” performances at All Saints Episcopal Church in Ft. Lauderdale, which was sold out, and a beautiful show.”

The principal motivation, says Quigley, is to increase Seraphic Fire’s national exposure. “CAMI has an incredible network of presenters, so we are looking at getting into some really big venues. We worked really hard to get the deal done so that Ben can sell us immediately.”

While details are not set yet, Quigley said that they hope to embark on their inaugural CAMI national tour in December of this year.

“I think it would be a huge coup for our organization to start to perform in these large performing arts centers on the East Coast.  It would allow us to raise brand awareness in Nnew York, Boston, Chicago, etc.”

Seraphic Fire opens its next program “Ave Maria,” surveying Gregorian Chant January 16. seraphicfire.org; 305-285-9060.

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