Seraphic Fire to cast an eclectic net in 17th season

By Lawrence Budmen

Patrick Quigley will open Seraphic Fire''s 2018-19 season on  October 17 with "A Spanish Pilgrimage," a collaboration with the American Brass Quintet.

Patrick Quigley will open Seraphic Fire”s 2018-19 season on October 17 with “A Spanish Pilgrimage,” a collaboration with the American Brass Quintet.

Seraphic Fire’s 2018-2019 season will run a diverse gamut from explorations of Latin American Baroque to East Asian choral works and African American spirituals. Expanded series at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay and in Boca Raton will be added to performances at the group’s regular venues in Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Fort Lauderdale. The choir will also increase its touring and educational activities.

Artistic director Patrick Quigley opens the season October 17-21 with “A Spanish Pilgrimage” featuring the American Brass Quintet. The program of works for brass and voices by Victoria, Morales and Guerrero will also include the world premiere of O Antiphons by the Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie. (In February the choir and brass players take the program on the road to venues in Indiana, Missouri and Southern California.) 

On November 8-10 Quigley leads “Chant for Men’s Voices.” Medieval plainchant and the motets of the notorious Prince Carlo Gesualdo are featured in the all-male-choir program. Associate conductor James K. Bass again leads the choir’s popular Seraphic Fire Christmas program December 6-16  throughout South Florida. The choir will also tour the holiday concert to two cities in Vermont and the University of Connecticut on December 1-4.

Anthony Trecek-King, director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, is guest conductor for “I Have a Dream: Music from the African American Tradition,” a concert of spirituals Jan 15-20. Quigley will direct an all-female choir, accompanied by Baroque instruments, for “Vivaldi and the Pietà” on February 13-17. This program will feature works Vivaldi originally composed for treble voices  at the Ospendalle della Pietà in Venice.  

“Korean Choral Treasures” March 13-16 spotlights music from East Asia led by guest conductor E.J. Yoon. Quigley directs “Barroco” April 12-14, an evening of rarely heard Baroque scores from Cuba, Bolivia and Peru. The season concludes May 7-12 with Bass directing “A Prayer for Harmony: Peace in Music,” a concert of American and traditional works that emphasize peace and wisdom.

In August, 2018 Seraphic Fire will launch its Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Festival and School, a training program for young choral singers. The choir’s Aspen residency will include three concerts, including a performance of Mozart’s Requiem on August 17.



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One Response to “Seraphic Fire to cast an eclectic net in 17th season”

  1. Posted Mar 08, 2018 at 1:18 am by Auer

    I sang under Hickox in a few choral concerts. In rehearsal he was business like and courteous; in concert he gave some terrific performances.

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