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REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

Music

Published 6/11/21

Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire wrapped up its virtual season, known as Season S, with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claudio Monteverdi.This last presentation, on May 23, marked the first time these artists gathered after more than one year apart – and the intensity of emotions they exuded made their sacred music shine even brighter.Seraphic Fire cautiously approached every detail in preparing for the first in-person recording in still unstable conditions. Humbly rather than pompously, the ensemble gathered around a finely chosen repertoire. In the ascetic acoustic space, the sonority of evenly employed male and female voices carried an intimate atmosphere over the screen.Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, chose five pieces from Monteverdi’s collection, “Selva Morale e Spirituale” (1641). The vocalists and guest instrumentalists elegantly interpreted the first piece, “Beatus vir,” and …

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

Music

Published 3/8/21

The Florida Orchestra is offering a concert with space to pause, reflect and heal. Music Director Michael Francis will conduct Serenity - a mesmerizing mix of music - on March 13th & 14th at the Mahaffey Theater in the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series.“We have experienced 12 months unlike anything before,” Maestro Francis said. “As move forward together with optimism, we wanted to curate an event that gives us a chance to pause and reflect. This Serenity concert is a haven: a serene musical space for peace, beauty and contemplation.” The Serenity concert features Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of the most recognizable pieces in the world. Famously featured at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as the 1986 film Platoon, it simultaneously evokes both sadness and hope.It will be streamed live from the Mahaffey Theater at 8 pm March 13th. It’s free and easy to register at FloridaOrchestra.org/livestreams. All performances are …

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