Quire Cleveland Celebrates Early American Music

Sat 4/5 @ 7:30PM

Sun 4/6 @ 4PM

Quire Cleveland’s next program should have some major crowd appeal to audiences of all ages.

Put together by the group’s artistic director Ross Duffin, The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems features vintage Americana ranging from an early version “The Star-Spangled Banner” to  “Amazing Grace” to tunes by Stephen Foster and early 20th-century African-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett, an Oberlin graduate. Among the offerings: the “Hymn of Peace,” which was sung by a 10,000-voice choir to celebrate the end of the Civil War.

Quire Cleveland won’t have quite that many voices on hand when they perform the program at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday and St. Peter Church downtown on Sunday. But it should be inspiring anyway, given that the ensemble features about 20 professional singers well-versed in vocal music from across the centuries.

Tickets are $7-$25. Those under 18 are free.

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Preview: Quire Cleveland to explore American choral gems in two concerts

CWRU music professor Ross W. Duffin has made his name as a scholar in several fields, among them, fifteenth-century Franco-Flemish music, English music of the Jacobean period and the study of historical tuning systems.

Recently, though, he’s become fascinated with early American music, a subject he’ll explore with the professional singers of Quire Cleveland in “The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems from The Bay Psalm Book to Amy Beach,” to be presented at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm and repeated at Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland on Sunday, April 6 at 4 pm. Read more »

Review: Madrigalian Motets CD

“So many scholarly publications reach library shelves only to remain there undisturbed that it is a positive joy to greet this recording of the A-R Editions 2006 volume with the same title. Few of these pieces are at all well-known and a third of them have required a degree of reconstruction but this has been convincingly done by Ross Duffin (editor of the music and conductor of the choir) and other choral directors need not be hesitant in following his performing path. In his note he concedes that the original performing forces would have been consort rather than choir and the venues domestic rather than ecclesiastical, but in their own terms these are very good performances. … This is a recording I will value, and not just because of the repertoire. The notes are excellent and there is much more information in the edition.”

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