536 Coral Way
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
Performing at Seraphic Fire-First United Methodist Church (Jan 18 - Jan 18)
Beginning before sunrise and continuing deep into the night, ritual chanting of the Divine Office was a hallmark of a medieval cleric’s life. The undulating, meditative sound of Gregorian plainsong echoed hourly through the cloisters of an 11th century monastery. From Compline hymns sung in the darkness to the Salve Regina sung by religious warriors on the battlefield, the singers of Seraphic Fire intone the otherworldly chants to the Virgin Mary that were part of everyday medieval life.
Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. This past year, the ensemble’s recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 GRAMMY® awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects.
Seraphic Fire’s artistic accomplishments have translated to chart-topping album sales. In the summer of 2010, Seraphic Fire’s recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610) reached the number one position on the iTunes classical music charts. The ensemble’s GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem debuted at #7 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical charts, and Seraphic Fire’s newest Christmas album, of which NPR’s Morning Edition proclaims “the singing is just fabulous; this group has a really excellent blend,” broke into the top ten on the iTunes Classical charts on day of its release. For more information on Seraphic Fire please call 305-285-9060 or visit www.SeraphicFire.org.