Mike Telin, ClevelandClassical.com — Nov 30, 10
Every year at this time audiences look forward to their favorite annual holiday events, whether it be attending a performance of Messiah or Nutcracker, hearing David Sedaris recite his Santaland Diaries, or if you find yourself in New York, watching the Rockettes kicking their way across the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Whatever our holiday entertainment tastes may be, we take comfort in these traditions. For arts organizations, programming these traditional events is a balancing act between keeping things fresh without changing something that has kept your audience returning time and again.
A relatively new concert tradition in the area will take place this weekend at Trinity Cathedral, when Quire Cleveland, under the direction of its artistic director, Ross Duffin, presents “Carols for Quire Two,” its second annual Christmas concert, on Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th at 7:30 pm. The program once again features some of the most beautiful holiday music from Renaissance Europe to Colonial Mexico, New France, and America. These performances also coincide with the release of Quire Cleveland’s debut recording, Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, recorded live during last season’s performances at Trinity Cathedral. Read more »
Perfect for Holiday Giving! — Nov 7, 10
Carols for Quire: Volume 2
Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, Volume 2 features 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 at the architecturally splendid Trinity Cathedral, which have become a favorite holiday tradition. Read a rave review from last year’s performance, as well as praise for this recording in Early Music America magazine.
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Chant for OUP — Jun 15, 10
Quire Cleveland has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to record early music for a new anthology of music. It will go with an upcoming textbook for undergraduate music students. Case Western Reserve University Music Professor David Rothenberg, editor of the anthology, worked with Quire’s Artistic Director Ross Duffin (pictured above with Quire).
Pictured below are the men of Quire, directed by Duffin, recording Gregorian chant for the anthology. Photos by Beverly Simmons, Quire’s Marketing Director and producer of the recordings. Thomas Knab was the recording engineer.
— Dec 24, 09
On the heels of Carols for Quire, the triumphant series of Christmas concerts at Trinity Cathedral, Quire Cleveland regrets to announce the departure of our founding Music Director, Peter Bennett. Having been with us through the planning stages, auditions, and concerts of our first season and a half, he now leaves to pursue other personal and professional commitments. We are grateful to Dr. Bennett for helping Quire reach so high, and wish him well. Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin will succeed him as conductor.