Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer — Apr 14, 11
The sound of voices wafting radiantly through space must be one of the closest equivalents we have to that elusive realm known as Paradise. Quire Cleveland’s concert Wednesday at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland proved just such an experience.
To hear this professional choir singing Renaissance and Baroque music in which it specializes was to know something on the order of bliss. The ensemble’s program, “Lobet den Herrn: German Music for Quire,” was packed with sacred works by some of the greats of the 15th through 18th centuries, including composers that deserve more than footnotes in music history.
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Mike Telin, ClevelandClassical.com — Apr 6, 11
On Wednesday April 13, Quire Cleveland will present “Lobet den Herrn: German Music for Quire” as part of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist’s Helen D. Schubert Concert Series. We spoke to guest conductor Scott Metcalfe, who will be making his debut with Quire at this concert, by telephone.
Mike Telin: Many people in Cleveland know you as a violinist, especially through your performances with Les Délices, but you also have an impressive resumé as a conductor.
Scott Metcalfe: I actually do about half and half in fact. Although conducting came to me much later, because I started playing the violin in third or fourth grade. I certainly wasn’t conducting then. I did a tiny bit toward the end of high school, and then some in college, but I really got started in my later twenties. I had a group for a number of years here in Boston called the Cambridge Bach Ensemble, and that was my first venture into working with professional singers. I also conducted an amateur Renaissance Choir for about a dozen years, and that was actually my entre into Renaissance vocal music, which is what I spend so much of my time on now. That led to Blue Heron, the professional vocal ensemble that I run now.
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— Feb 20, 11
At Carols for Quire II in December 2010, we distributed a Mercifully Short (but invaluable) Audience Survey, which generated an amazing 50% response!
One of the questions was, “What did you like about the concert?” Here’s a Wordle™, illustrating the responses.
ClevelandClassical.com — Dec 7, 10
When Quire Cleveland presented its first round of carol concerts last December, the event gave every indication of becoming an instant tradition. Sure enough, Carols for Quire 2 (perhaps a nod to David Willcocks’ famous Oxford University Press Carols for Choirs books) found this excellent professional vocal ensemble back at Trinity Cathedral for two concerts on December 3 & 4, now under the direction of artistic director Ross W. Duffin. As one would expect, the 16-voice Quire was nearly flawless in its elegant vocal journey through representative carols of Spain, England, France, Germany and the New World, with a few motets mixed in to provide some liturgical gravitas. I heard the concert on Saturday evening along with an enthusiastic audience that filled all the chairs set out in Trinity’s nave and transepts. Read more »