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.
Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer — May 15, 2014
The profoundest of subjects. The lightest, most graceful of performances.
Such were the contrasting joys of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 Wednesday. As CityMusic Cleveland played and Quire Cleveland sang, ears were transported and souls found new anchors.
Rare as it is to encounter Schubert’s church music, rarer still was it to hear a performance of that repertoire like the one that served as CityMusic’s season finale at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.
Agile, clear, richly expressive: the reading evinced every relevant virtue. Music director Avner Dorman, conducting one of Schubert’s latest and greatest works, couldn’t have asked for more. Read more »
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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