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. DuffinQuire performs nine centuries of a cappella repertoire.

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 »

Preview: Quire Cleveland invites Jameson Marvin to conduct a Palestrina Fest on May 25

Quire Cleveland will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with an all-Palestrina concert at Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland on Saturday evening, May 25. Quire’s founders, Ross W. Duffin and Beverly Simmons, have invited a distinguished choral specialist to guest conduct the professional ensemble for the occasion: Jameson Marvin, who retired last year after thirty-two years as director of choral activities at Harvard, including the Harvard Glee Club, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Radcliffe Choral Society (Marvin’s last Cleveland appearance was with the Glee Club in March of 2010). Read more »

Review: Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds 4

Those of us who love choral music have much to be grateful for at the holidays. When else in the year do we hear so much wonderful ensemble singing?

For at least six hundred years, Christmas has been the occasion for composers to write for choirs. Last weekend, Ross Duffin and Quire Cleveland brought us a rich program of mostly unfamiliar treasures. I attended Sunday afternoon’s concert, for which Trinity Cathedral’s seats were mostly full, and during which the sun streamed through the stained-glass windows.
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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (4th annual)

The tradition continues — Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds (now in its fourth year) celebrates the season with beautiful and inspiring music from yesterday and today. Under the direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire Cleveland makes the spectacular architecture of Trinity Cathedral resonate from the rafters with glorious choral song that is entertaining & accessible to all.
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