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.

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 »

Announcing Quire Cleveland’s 9th season: 2016–17

Thanks to YOU — our enthusiastic audience, generous donors, and outstanding musicians — for making Quire’s eighth season such a success. Now we’re thrilled to announce the concerts for 2016–17. Click on the program title for more details.

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces
September 30, 2016
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)
December 2–4, 2016
Trinity Cathedral, St. Paul’s Akron & Historic St. Peter Church

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy
April 8 & 9, 2017
St. Bernard Parish (Akron), Historic St. Peter Church (Cleveland) & St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Cleveland Heights)

Sing You After Me: Wondrous Rounds & Catches
May 20, 2017
The Holland Theatre (Bellefontaine, Ohio)

Review: Quire Cleveland:
William Byrd at Historic St. Peter Church (May 22)

England’s Phœnix: William Byrd

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

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. Read more »