Bach, Mozart and Haydn masterworks to be featured in Seraphic Fire’s 2013-14 season

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Seraphic Fire will open its 2013-14 season October 16 with Renaissance music

Seraphic Fire will offer three acclaimed masterworks in its 2013-14 season, including a trio of masterworks by Bach, Haydn and Mozart (in addition to Handel’s Messiah).

This fall also will see two new venues for the South Florida choir. Due to scheduled construction work at St. Jude Melkite Church in Miami Brickell, Seraphic Fire will move its downtown performances to St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Coral Way. Also because of its greater capacity, better acoustics and free patron parking, Seraphic Fire will move its Miami Beach base from Miami Beach Community Church on Lincoln Road to All Souls Episcopal Church, at the corner of Arthur Godfrey Drive and Pine Tree Drive.

The season will open October 16 with a program of Renaissance music, including works of Palestrina and Lassus.

Mozart’s Requiem will be presented Nov. 15-17 in a new “completed” version by American composer Gregory Spears.

Chicago’s Spektral String Quartet will join with Seraphic Fire in a presentation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words (April 9-13), the deeply felt setting of Jesus’s final words on the cross. The artists will also take this Easter program to Chicago April 16, where they will perform at Rockefeller Chapel as part of the University of Chicago Presents series.

The Firebird Chamber Orchestra will join Seraphic Fire for Bach’s stirring Magnificat in February. The choir’s countertenor Reginald Mobley, will be spotlighted in a Firebird program next March performing arias written for the celebrated castrato Farinelli.

Other choral programs include music of the French Baroque (Jan. 15-19), Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 20-22), the “Candlelight Christmas” program (Dec. 11-15) and a season finale of American spirituals (May 7-11).

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