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.

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 jnr@torquetrans.com. 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)

Review: Quire Cleveland: “Carols for Quire VIII” at Trinity Cathedral (December 2)

QuireTrinityMost choirs do well to take on one or two non-English languages in their programs. Quire Cleveland handily dispatched Christmas music from five centuries in Latin, Finnish, Latvian, Spanish (in several of its dialects), Wendat, Abenaki, Mohawk, and Afro-Portuguese in the eighth edition of “Carols for Quire” at Trinity Cathedral on Friday evening, December 2. Whatever the language, they sounded terrific. Read more »

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 »