Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to 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. Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, through the human voice, revealing the timelessness universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Review: Quire Cleveland — American Choral Gems at Historic St. Peter Church (April 6)

Ross Duffin and the twenty voices of Quire Cleveland turned their attention to nearly three hundred years of American music on Sunday afternoon at Historic St. Peter Church in downtown Cleveland, visiting some well-known tunes in lesser-known packaging and dusting the cobwebs off some fine music that deserves to come down out of the attic and be heard once again. Read more »

Interview: Ross Duffin on WCLV Classical 104.9

Hear a lively discussion between WCLV’s Program Director Bill O’Connell and Quire Cleveland’s Artistic Director Ross Duffin about the upcoming concerts, The Land of Harmony. Click here to listen.

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Quire Cleveland Celebrates Early American Music

Sat 4/5 @ 7:30PM

Sun 4/6 @ 4PM

Quire Cleveland’s next program should have some major crowd appeal to audiences of all ages.

Put together by the group’s artistic director Ross Duffin, The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems features vintage Americana ranging from an early version “The Star-Spangled Banner” to  “Amazing Grace” to tunes by Stephen Foster and early 20th-century African-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett, an Oberlin graduate. Among the offerings: the “Hymn of Peace,” which was sung by a 10,000-voice choir to celebrate the end of the Civil War.

Quire Cleveland won’t have quite that many voices on hand when they perform the program at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday and St. Peter Church downtown on Sunday. But it should be inspiring anyway, given that the ensemble features about 20 professional singers well-versed in vocal music from across the centuries.

Tickets are $7-$25. Those under 18 are free.


Preview: Quire Cleveland to explore American choral gems in two concerts

CWRU music professor Ross W. Duffin has made his name as a scholar in several fields, among them, fifteenth-century Franco-Flemish music, English music of the Jacobean period and the study of historical tuning systems.

Recently, though, he’s become fascinated with early American music, a subject he’ll explore with the professional singers of Quire Cleveland in “The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems from The Bay Psalm Book to Amy Beach,” to be presented at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm and repeated at Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland on Sunday, April 6 at 4 pm. Read more »