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

Review: Quire Cleveland presents exquisite vocal exhibit of Flemish Renaissance Polyphony

On Friday evening, September 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ross W. Duffin led the 22 professional singers of Quire Cleveland in a splendid survey of music by fifteenth and sixteenth-century composers who were born in the region we now call Belgium.

In other hands, the program, titled “The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony,” might have been like sitting through a fact-filled lecture in a music history course. In Duffin’s case, it turned out to be more like visiting a beautifully-curated, special exhibit in an art museum, perhaps one where the sixteen “pictures” on the walls, like something out of Harry Potter, came alive and sang to you as you approached them, each revealing the distinct personalities of their creators as well as the surprising range of their individual musical styles. Read more »

The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony

Quire Cleveland brings you glorious music by the greatest composers of the Renaissance: Josquin Desprez (“The Prince of Music”), Guillaume DuFay, Roland de Lassus, and many more!

These composers from Flanders dominated music in the same way that Italians dominated the visual arts. Giants like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Tintoretto had their counterparts in DuFay, Josquin, Willært, and Lassus, and a remarkable number of other sublimely talented composers. They were trained in the choir schools of the North, and often drawn to the brilliant courts of Renaissance Italy. Come hear the flower of their music: exquisite motets of contrapuntal mastery, astonishing variety, and sonorous splendor! Read more (2) »

Announcing Quire Cleveland’s 2014-15 Season

Quire Cleveland’s 7th concert season continues to make life more harmonious — with music from the Middle Ages to the present day. We’re thrilled to announce the concerts for 2014-15 and invite everyone to enjoy Quire’s “inspired voices” and “rich banquet of song” with affordable ticket prices. The music ranges from a celebration of the greatest composers of the Renaissance — to a joyful holiday program, complete with baroque instruments — to beautiful settings of The Song of Songs from the Old Testament.

The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony
September 26-28, 2014

Carols for Quire VI: Charpentier’s “Midnight Mass for Christmas”
December 19-21, 2014

The Song of Songs: Choral Settings from Medieval to Modern
February 27, 2015

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Make YOUR life more harmonious with Quire Cleveland!


Review: CityMusic Cleveland ends 10th anniversary with transporting account of Schubert Mass

The profoundest of subjects. The lightest, most graceful of performances.

Such were the contrasting joys of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 Wednesday. As CityMusic Cleveland played and Quire Cleveland sang, ears were transported and souls found new anchors.

Rare as it is to encounter Schubert’s church music, rarer still was it to hear a performance of that repertoire like the one that served as CityMusic’s season finale at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.

Agile, clear, richly expressive: the reading evinced every relevant virtue. Music director Avner Dorman, conducting one of Schubert’s latest and greatest works, couldn’t have asked for more. Read more »