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.

Review: CityMusic Cleveland ends 10th anniversary with transporting account of Schubert Mass

The profoundest of subjects. The lightest, most graceful of performances.

Such were the contrasting joys of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 Wednesday. As CityMusic Cleveland played and Quire Cleveland sang, ears were transported and souls found new anchors.

Rare as it is to encounter Schubert’s church music, rarer still was it to hear a performance of that repertoire like the one that served as CityMusic’s season finale at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.

Agile, clear, richly expressive: the reading evinced every relevant virtue. Music director Avner Dorman, conducting one of Schubert’s latest and greatest works, couldn’t have asked for more. Read more »

Review: CityMusic Cleveland and Quire Cleveland at Fairmount Church

Quire Cleveland joined CityMusic Cleveland for a brisk, expressive performance of a gorgeous late Schubert work led by CityMusic music director Avner Dorman at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights on Wednesday, May 14. This was the opening concert of five that the two ensembles will present around the metropolitan area this week.

Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat, written during the last months of the composer’s life, rarely gets heard these days. That’s a great pity. Though ill, Schubert found alluring and often surprising ways to set ancient liturgical texts, and applied his recent lessons in counterpoint to some of the most inventive fugues since J. S. Bach’s. The E-flat mass offers a long sequence of gorgeous melodies, innovative textures, arresting harmonies and enthralling conversations between chorus and orchestra. Read more »

Review: Quire Cleveland — American Choral Gems at Historic St. Peter Church (April 6)

Ross Duffin and the twenty voices of Quire Cleveland turned their attention to nearly three hundred years of American music on Sunday afternoon at Historic St. Peter Church in downtown Cleveland, visiting some well-known tunes in lesser-known packaging and dusting the cobwebs off some fine music that deserves to come down out of the attic and be heard once again. Read more »

The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems from the Bay Psalm Book to Amy Beach

Meet us in “The Land of Harmony,” Quire Cleveland’s new program of American music. It includes early versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “When Jesus Wept,” “Amazing Grace” — as well as lesser known, but equally inspiring, works. Choose from two accessible venues, whose architecture and superb acoustics enhance everything you’ll hear.
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