Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to choral music not heard in the modern era — including modern premieres of works newly discovered or reconstructed — breathing life into the music of our shared heritage. Through the human voice, Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, revealing the timeless universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Announcing Quire Cleveland’s 9th season: 2016–17

Thanks to YOU — our enthusiastic audience, generous donors, and outstanding musicians — for making Quire’s eighth season such a success. Now we’re thrilled to announce the concerts for 2016–17. Click on the program title for more details.

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces
September 30, 2016
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)
December 2–4, 2016
Trinity Cathedral, St. Paul’s Akron & Historic St. Peter Church

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy
April 8 & 9, 2017
St. Bernard Parish (Akron), Historic St. Peter Church (Cleveland) & St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Cleveland Heights)

Sing You After Me: Wondrous Rounds & Catches
May 20, 2017
The Holland Theatre (Bellefontaine, Ohio)

Review: Quire Cleveland:
William Byrd at Historic St. Peter Church (May 22)

England’s Phœnix: William Byrd

PhoenixRGBWilliam Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you. 

Byrd (ca.1540–1623) was a Catholic composer at a time when it was illegal in England. Yet he composed with apparent impunity, because of the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I. Read more »

Preview: Quire Cleveland: music historian Kerry McCarthy talks about “England’s Phoenix,” William Byrd

Kerry McCarthyThis weekend, Ross W. Duffin will lead the professional singers of Quire Cleveland in two concerts celebrating the sacred music of English Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540–1623). The programs — on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm in St. Bernard’s Church in Akron, and on Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm in Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland — will include a selection of Byrd’s English and Latin motets interspersed between movements of his Mass for Five Voices. Read more »