Past events

Sing You After Me: Wondrous Rounds & Canons

Rose2Sing You After Me is a program of rounds and canons from the 13th to the end of the 19th centuries. Full of fun, interesting, and appealing music, it offers an enormous range of musical styles and textures.

And the composers of rounds and canons may surprise you: Byrd, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms are among the master composers who contributed to the repertoire! Enjoy the captivating sounds of one voice following another in ingenious — but also sublimely beautiful — harmony. Read more »

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

featuring guest soloists:
Owen McIntosh as the Evangelist
Jeffrey Strauss as Jesus

Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the setting of the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy (c.1465–1538). Preserved incomplete in the Eton Choirbook, it has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, Quire sings it in English, using a translation by William Tyndale, Davy’s contemporary at Magdalen College, Oxford. 

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Reconstructing the St. Matthew Passion

How do you sing The St. Matthew Passion, when only half of it survives? An illuminated manuscript from around 1500 preserves Richard Davy’s masterpiece, but it’s missing the first 11 movements AND soprano & tenor parts for the next 12.

In this multi-media presentation — co-sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, Cleveland Branch — hear how Quire Cleveland’s artistic director, Ross W. Duffin, reconstructed it. A quartet of Quire singers previews the music, so that you can rediscover this magnificent work.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a member of the Hermit Club or ESU-Cleveland or anything else to enjoy this talk, with complementary hors d’œuvres, a post-lecture reception, and cash bar.

$25 admission

Reservations recommended. Contact John Rampe at 216-403-2318 or Checks payable to ESU-Cleveland can be sent to 1246 High St, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.

Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 3:00 pm
The Hermit Club
1550 Chester Avenue
Downtown Cleveland
(entrance through the Hofbräuhaus)

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 »

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

Rubens.Madonna.Floral2Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) was celebrated (and criticized) in his day for the way he portrayed expression & emotion in a revolutionary new musical style. If you love his iconic Vespers, you know how enchanting this music is!

He’s known as a great Venetian composer but many of his most famous works were composed in Mantua. Among these is his Mass of the Most Blessed Virgin, published in 1610, at the same time as the Vespers.

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