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.

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 »

Review: Quire Cleveland: Carols for Quire 7 at St. Peter’s Church (December 6)

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When you’ve presented a Christmas program every December for seven years, it could become a routine event — your institutional Nutcracker. Happily, Quire Cleveland has taken its “Carols for Quire” program in new directions and infused it with new twists every year. The 21-voice professional ensemble’s concert on Sunday afternoon in the chaste, Gothic space of St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland just might have been its best edition yet. Read more »

Review: Quire Cleveland: Wondrous Rounds and Canons in Painesville

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Expanding its reach around the region, Ross W. Duffin and Quire Cleveland took their survey of rounds and canons to Painesville United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, November 8. “Sing You After Me: Wondrous Rounds & Canons” showed the variety of ways that melodies combined with themselves can produce larger pieces of music. The cleverly-devised program featured two dozen works ranging from the 13th to the 19th centuries in expert performances by Quire’s 19 professional singers. Read more »

Preview: Quire Cleveland: Ross Duffin talks about
Canons, Rounds, and other contrapuntal feats

Quire-CircleThe singers of Quire Cleveland will spend next weekend’s concerts vocally chasing each other through eight hundred years’ worth of rounds and canons — those clever contrapuntal constructions that produce their own textures and harmonies by combining a tune with itself at different intervals of time, and sometimes at different pitches.

“Sing You After Me: Wondrous Canons” will be presented on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, and repeated on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 pm at Painesville United Methodist Church. A freewill offering will be received at both events. Read more »