Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to choral music not heard in the modern era — including modern premieres of works newly discovered or reconstructed — breathing life into the music of our shared heritage. Through the human voice, Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, revealing the timeless universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Review: Quire Cleveland in “Hear My Voyce” at St. John’s Cathedral (October 6)

Hear My Voyce: Music of Henry Purcell

In his brief life (1659–1695), Henry Purcell proved to be remarkably prolific — he wrote 65 verse anthems, 100 hymns & sacred songs, 50 catches (some of them quite risqué!), 24 odes, nearly 200 songs, music for over 50 theatrical productions (the most famous is Dido & Æneas), and 220 instrumental pieces (but NOT the trumpet air for Masterpiece Theatre). No wonder he earned the sobriquet Orpheus Britannicus  (the British Orpheus). Read more »

Preview: Ross Duffin & Beverly Simmons talk about
Quire Cleveland’s 10th Anniversary Season

The fall of 2008 — with its dismal financial meltdown — probably wasn’t the most propitious time to start a new professional choral ensemble, but nine years later, founders Ross Duffin and Beverly Simmons find themselves basking in the success of Quire Cleveland. The group will launch their tenth season this week with performances of music by Henry Purcell at Lake Erie College in Painesville (October 5) and St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland (October 6), followed by more concerts than Quire has ever scheduled before in a single season. Read more »

Available NOW! The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

Recorded live in concert in April 2017

 

Hope, confusion, agony, faith — through exquisite harmonies from the chorus and chant from the soloists, these intense emotions are beautifully conveyed. You will be moved by this early Renaissance setting of the 2,000-year-old story.

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