Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by providing a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, through the human voice. Breathing life into choral music which may have lain silent for centuries, Quire reveals the timelessness and universal humanity of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. DuffinQuire performs nine centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Carols for Quire VI: Charpentier’s “Midnight Mass for Christmas”

The favorite holiday tradition continues — for the sixth year — with the splendid Messe de Minuit pour Noël by French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, illuminated with the popular carols on which it is based.

Composed in the 1690s, its melodies are beloved French carols, which Charpentier weaves throughout the different movements. The result is a joyful, tuneful celebration!

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Preview: Quire Cleveland to perform Charpentier mass based on Noëls in three concerts this weekend

For its sixth annual round of Christmas concerts on December 19, 20 and 21, Quire Cleveland under the direction of its founder, Ross W. Duffin, will feature music from a single national tradition. French Christmas carols, or Noëls, have a long, folk-based history both in their country of origin and wherever French culture has been spread — including by Jesuit missionaries in what is now French-speaking Canada.

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Now available: Carols for Quire CD, volume 3

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Celebrate the holidays all year round with the 3rd volume in Quire Cleveland’s series of Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds. By popular demand, we’ve issued the splendid 2013 concert, where British and American Christmas music from the past 100 years met its match with settings from earlier centuries. Hear “Silent Night” (1818) paired with “In the bleak midwinter” (1906), and 3 settings of “A spotless rose” from the 17th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

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Review: Quire Cleveland presents exquisite vocal exhibit of Flemish Renaissance Polyphony

On Friday evening, September 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ross W. Duffin led the 22 professional singers of Quire Cleveland in a splendid survey of music by fifteenth and sixteenth-century composers who were born in the region we now call Belgium.

In other hands, the program, titled “The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony,” might have been like sitting through a fact-filled lecture in a music history course. In Duffin’s case, it turned out to be more like visiting a beautifully-curated, special exhibit in an art museum, perhaps one where the sixteen “pictures” on the walls, like something out of Harry Potter, came alive and sang to you as you approached them, each revealing the distinct personalities of their creators as well as the surprising range of their individual musical styles. Read more »