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 28, 2013
John, son of Louis from the town of Palestrina, essentially became the official composer of the Church of Rome when he was appointed as master of the papal choir (Cappella Giulia) at St. Peter’s Basilica in 1551 and had come to represent the culmination and perfection of Renaissance polyphony by the time he died in 1594. He wrote as many masses as Haydn wrote symphonies, as well as hundreds of motets, offertories, and hymns for use in the Roman Rite. Read more »
Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer — May 26, 2013
The mind reels at the thought of how the music of Giovanni Pierluigi di Palestrina must have sounded in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome during the 16th century. As the largest church in the world, the space accommodates up to 60,000 visitors, who stand during services.
If Palestrina’s music could work its spell in the vast expanse of St. Peter’s in Rome, it would appear to have no trouble seizing ears in the intimacy of St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland. Quire Cleveland connected with the music and the audience to majestic effect Saturday, when it presented “From Rome to Cleveland: Palestrina at St. Peter’s” under the direction of guest conductor Jameson Marvin. Read more »
May 25 - 5/25/2013
Guest conductor Jameson Marvin — Harvard’s choral director for 30+ years — brings his exuberant and inspiring directing to Quire Cleveland for a concert of music by the great Renaissance composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Master of the papal choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Palestrina wrote music that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive. Quire Cleveland brings these glorious harmonies to Cleveland’s own historic St. Peter’s Church.
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CoolCleveland.com — May 24, 2013
Cleveland-based classical a cappella group Quire Cleveland specializes in underperformed vocal repertoire from across nearly a millenium.
Its latest program, From Rome to Cleveland: Palestrina at St. Peter, will take place at St. Peter Parish downtown, one of the beautiful historic churches closed by the diocese in 2010 and ordered reopened by the Vatican in 2012. Read more »