Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to 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. Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, through the human voice, revealing the timelessness universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds VIII

BonnDyptich.AngelsKick off the holiday season with this “cherished Cleveland tradition” in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights. Carols for Quire VIII explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. 

This year, along with many favorites from the past, highlights include a lively ensalada with popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting of the Christmas hymn Conditor alme siderum in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin.

Bring family & friends — under 18s are always free — to start the most harmonious of holiday seasons! Read more »

Preview: Quire Cleveland’s “Carols for Quire VIII” to feature
a multitude of languages

Fans of Quire Cleveland’s annual Carols for Quire performances know that the ensemble’s singers are adept at wrapping their tongues around any number of languages in the same program. But as co-founder and artistic director Ross W. Duffin notes, the forthcoming performances may well set a new record. In three performances next weekend, his nineteen professional vocalists will treat their audiences to carols in Finnish, Abenaki, Afro-Portuguese, Mohawk, and Wendat, as well as in English, Latin, and Spanish.  Read more »

Now available! England’s Phœnix: William Byrd

NEW RELEASE!
Recorded live in concert in May 2016

 

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you. 

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Byrd (ca.1540–1623) was a Catholic composer at a time when it was illegal in England. Yet he composed with apparent impunity, because of the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I.

For more information and/or to order your copy, click here.

 

Quire Cleveland to sing Monteverdi’s Mantuan masterpieces
at St. John’s Cathedral

Think of the early Baroque Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, and images of Venice and its highly photogenic Piazza San Marco inevitably pop up — especially if the work in question is the Vespers of 1610. But he didn’t write his most famous piece for the Most Serene Republic. Monteverdi composed the Vespers, along with the opera Orfeo, his first five books of madrigals, and the Missa in illo tempore when he was in the employ of the Gonzaga family in Mantua, until the family’s declining economic situation made him a free agent in 1612.

Ross W. Duffin and his twenty professional singers of Quire Cleveland will explore Monteverdi’s Mantuan legacy in a free concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland on Friday evening, September 30 at 7:30 pm. Read more »