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. Duffin, Quire performs nine centuries of a cappella repertoire.
Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com — May 15, 2014
Quire Cleveland joined CityMusic Cleveland for a brisk, expressive performance of a gorgeous late Schubert work led by CityMusic music director Avner Dorman at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights on Wednesday, May 14. This was the opening concert of five that the two ensembles will present around the metropolitan area this week.
Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat, written during the last months of the composer’s life, rarely gets heard these days. That’s a great pity. Though ill, Schubert found alluring and often surprising ways to set ancient liturgical texts, and applied his recent lessons in counterpoint to some of the most inventive fugues since J. S. Bach’s. The E-flat mass offers a long sequence of gorgeous melodies, innovative textures, arresting harmonies and enthralling conversations between chorus and orchestra. Read more »
Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com — Apr 8, 2014
Ross Duffin and the twenty voices of Quire Cleveland turned their attention to nearly three hundred years of American music on Sunday afternoon at Historic St. Peter Church in downtown Cleveland, visiting some well-known tunes in lesser-known packaging and dusting the cobwebs off some fine music that deserves to come down out of the attic and be heard once again. Read more »
Apr 2, 2014
Hear a lively discussion between WCLV’s Program Director Bill O’Connell and Quire Cleveland’s Artistic Director Ross Duffin about the upcoming concerts, The Land of Harmony. Click here to listen.
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CoolCleveland.com — Apr 1, 2014
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.