Dec 4, 2011
Before singing a single note, Quire Cleveland was photographed by the spectacular Beth Segal. The ensemble returned to her studio in October, where each Quirister had an individual photo session. The result: great new headshots for this website, as well as inimitable photos of the group.
Pictured above, left to right: bass Nathan Longnecker, tenor David Simmons-Duffin, soprano Judith Overcash, countertenor John McElliott, tenor Peter Hampton, baritone Jonathan Moyer, soprano Gail West, mezzo-soprano Debra Nagy, baritone José Gotera, artistic director & tenor Ross Duffin, soprano Sandra Simon, tenor Tyler Skidmore, executive director & mezzo-soprano Beverly Simmons, soprano Donna Fagerhaug, bass Ray Lyons, tenor Evan Bescan, soprano Lisa Rainsong, tenor Jeremiah Heilman, and bass Ian Crane.
Daniel Hathaway, clevelandclassical.com — Nov 1, 2011
In his extensive and chatty program notes, guest conductor Tim Brown noted that he chose his repertory for Quire Cleveland through something of a misunderstanding, but he went ahead with plans to “construct a program that would take Quire out of its more accustomed comfort zone, and into corners of liturgical music from the English choral canon that would carry us from the early 1500s up to the end of the 20th century”.
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Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer — Oct 28, 2011
A music teacher once told Timothy Brown that he should give up singing. He eventually would, but not before absorbing enough experience and information to guide choruses to the heights.
The British conductor, who led the admired Choir of Clare College at Cambridge University for 31 years, is about to aim in the same direction with Quire Cleveland, the professional choral ensemble with which he makes his local debut this weekend.
Brown will lead “Musick’s Praier: The Glories of English Choral Music,” which promises to stretch Quire Cleveland beyond its normal purview – the Medieval through Baroque eras. This weekend’s repertoire spans the 16th through 20th centuries.
“This is music that means a lot to me,” said Brown, 64, in an interview the other day. “You don’t hear it in concert very much.”
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