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.

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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New CD: Carols for Quire 2

Hot off the press! Quire Cleveland’s second CD is now available: Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, Volume 2. You’ll enjoy Medieval carols, Renaissance chansons and motets, English Romantics, and even a world premiere composed for Quire Cleveland!

With Carols for Quire 2, you can experience Quire Cleveland’s annual programs in the architectural splendor and inspiring acoustics of Trinity Cathedral. It’s become a favorite holiday tradition! Read a rave review from last year’s performance and praise from Early Music America magazine for this recording. Buy tickets for the 2013 performances, December 20, 21, and 22.

Click here for more information about both volumes of Carols for Quire.