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.

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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Ross Duffin, musicologist whose influence can be heard around the world, awarded Distinguished University Professorship

Hearing a note or chord played perfectly in tune still has the power to send shivers through Ross W. Duffin.

“It’s transcendent,” said Duffin, the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music [at Case Western Reserve University], “precisely because it is such a rare achievement.”

Duffin’s life in music could be defined the same way.

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As one of the world’s elite authorities in historical performance practice—how music from earlier centuries was performed—Duffin has re-discovered and revived music rarely or never before heard in modern times. He’s also advocated for its performance on historical instruments, a once-obscure notion now celebrated by a thriving international community of artists, audiences and scholars.

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Announcing Quire Cleveland’s 10th Anniversary Season: 2017–2018

Having risen from the ashes of the Great Recession in 2008 — like a Phœnix — Quire Cleveland has flourished! We’ve offered concerts all around Ohio, lectures & classes, and videos viewed more than 675,000 times in 120 countries.

We thank YOU — our enthusiastic audience, generous donors, and outstanding musicians — for helping Quire Cleveland succeed! And we invite you to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season 2017–18. Here is a list of the concerts — save these dates!  Read more »

Review: Quire Cleveland sing Davy’s St. Matthew Passion (April 9)

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This past weekend, as the culmination of a three-decade labor of love, Cleveland scholar, professor, and conductor Ross Duffin conducted his reconstruction of 15th-century English composer Richard Davy’s St. Matthew Passion. Performances were given in Akron and Cleveland by Duffin’s own Quire Cleveland with Jeffrey Strauss and Owen McIntosh as the soloists. I heard the Sunday afternoon performance on April 9 at Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland.

Richard Davy was master of the choristers at Oxford’s Magdalen College in the 1490s. His, the first polyphonic Passion setting by a known composer, appeared in the Eton Choirbook, a physically large collection of motets with Davy’s Passion at the end. About a third of the contents have gone missing over the past five centuries, including portions of Davy’s work. Read more »