Review: Quire Cleveland sends Palestrina soaring at St. Peter’s Church

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 »

From Rome to Cleveland: Palestrina at St. Peter’s

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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Quire Cleveland Performs Palestrina at St. Peter

Sat 5/25 @ 7:30PM

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 »

Quire Cleveland welcomes conductor Jameson Marvin for Palestrina program

Jameson Marvin may be the merriest choral conductor you’ll ever meet. He jumps from topic to topic with nary a moment to breathe, chatting about everything from his 32 years as director of choral activities at Harvard University to conducting The Music Man to the modes he loves in Renaissance music.

The California native will have ample time to bask in Renaissance glory this weekend. He’s come to town to serve as guest conductor of Quire Cleveland in “From Rome to Cleveland: Palestrina at St. Peter’s,” a concert of music by 16th-century master Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Read more »