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Adrienne Arsht Center
- Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
- Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
- Seraphic Fire, vocal ensemble
- Rebecca Myers, soprano
- Brad Diamond, tenor
- Elliot Madore, baritone
- South Florida Choruses
O Fortuna! It’s a South Florida spectacular as New World Symphony joins forces with Seraphic Fire and community choruses for an unforgettable performance of Carl Orff’s epic cantata Carmina Burana. In this feast for the senses, 13th-century songs about fate and fortune are catapulted into music that permeates the world’s stages and pop culture. Rising star Isata Kanneh-Mason gives a “high-voltage” performance of her musical heroine Clara Schuman’s Piano Concerto (Classical CRB). Named by The New York Times as “Music’s Unsung Renaissance Woman,” Schumann herself was a prodigious pianist and premiered her own virtuosic Concerto when she was just 16.
This concert is part of the NWS’s series at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Artistic Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas and NWS Fellows welcome world-renowned guest artists for a series of star-studded, one-night-only events at downtown Miami’s grand concert hall. Subscriptions for this 3-concert series begin at just $36 ($12/concert). Click here to explore the full subscription!
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Ralph Vaughan Williams
Approx. Duration: 14 minutes
Serenade to Music
Approx. Duration: 23 minutes
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 7
Approx. Duration: 60 minutes
Fortune, Empress of the World
On the Green
In the Tavern
The Court of Love
Blanziflor and Helena
Fortune, Empress of the World
Rebecca Myers, soprano
Brad Diamond, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Choruses: Miami Dade College, Florida International University,
Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, University of Miami,
Florida Memorial University, Florida Singing Sons
Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley is at the vanguard of a new generation of young Baroque- and Classical-era specialists: completely at ease at the helm of the modern symphony orchestra while still able to create the passionate, distinctive stylings of the Baroque and Classical sound. The founder and artistic director of Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, he has also received rave reviews of his work with the music of contemporary American composers. In addition, Mr. Quigley is the author of a recurring column on artistic entrepreneurship for American Public Media.
A popular artist with audiences and critics alike, the Miami Herald has described Mr. Quigley as: “A musician with a constellation of qualities rarely found in a single conductor: an enthusiastic and audience-friendly personal style, a scholar’s instinct for rooting out obscure but worthy music, a scrupulous and historically informed approach to works that span a wide range of musical periods, an ability to bring out the best in his talented platoon . . . and a showman’s canny sense of how to appeal to audiences.”
Under Mr. Quigley’s direction, Seraphic Fire has released 14 recordings on the Seraphic Fire Media label (founded by Mr. Quigley), with an additional recording forthcoming in 2016. Mr. Quigley was nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards. He was the only conductor in the world to be nominated for two separate projects that year, and Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North and South America to receive a nomination. Mr. Quigley’s last three releases have debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Magazine classical charts. His recording Reincarnations, featuring 20th- and 21st-century American vocal masterpieces, was hailed by Gramophone as “extraordinary.”
The 2015-16 season sees guest engagements with the New World Symphony in a program of Reich, Ligeti and Monteverdi; covering The Cleveland Orchestra’s performances of Handel’s Messiah and touring performances in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. of Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ A German Requiem, and Charpentier’s Te Deum with Seraphic Fire and the Sebastians Period Orchestra.
Mr. Quigley’s past guest conducting appearances include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, as well as programs with the New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers Series, four separate appearances with the San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Mobile Symphony and Naples Philharmonic.
Mr. Quigley is the recipient of the 2004 Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship, given annually by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America to one conductor between the ages of 25 and 40 who demonstrates the potential for a significant professional career. At 26 he was the youngest person to receive this award. Most recently, he was awarded Chorus America’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, recognizing his artistic and institution-building achievements with Seraphic Fire.
Mr. Quigley received his master of music degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music and his undergraduate degree in musicology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Fundraising School.
Isata Kanneh-Mason is the recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award, a 2020 Opus Klassik award for best young artist and, as a member of the Kanneh-Mason family, the 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards.
Ms. Kanneh-Mason’s debut album on Decca Classics, Romance – the Piano Music of Clara Schumann, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the U.K. classical charts at No. 1 when it was released in 2019 and leading Gramophone magazine to extol the recording as “one of the most charming and engaging debuts” and Classic FM to praise her as “a player of considerable talent”. This was followed in July 2021 by Summertime, featuring Barber’s Piano Sonata and a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Impromptu in B minor. Her most recent release, Muse with brother, Sheku features the Rachmaninoff and Barber sonatas for cello and piano.
Since graduation from London’s Royal Academy of Music, Ms. Kanneh-Mason has embarked on a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber concerts throughout the U.K. and abroad. During the U.K.’s Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, she and her siblings performed livestreamed events from their family home in Nottingham, which garnered over one million views. She recently made her Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London solo piano debuts. In the 2021-22 season, she continued as Young Artist in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Highlights of Ms. Kanneh-Mason’s recent seasons include the Royal Philharmonic at the Edinburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and recital tours of North America, both piano solo and with brother, Sheku.
Ms. Kanneh-Mason is currently one of the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Stars, performing recitals at many of the continent’s most illustrious concert venues throughout the 2021-22 season.
Ms. Kanneh-Mason completed her undergraduate degree at the Academy as an Elton John scholar, and performed with Sir Elton in 2013 in Los Angeles. She is grateful for support from the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, Mr. and Mrs. John Bryden, Frank White and Awards for Young Musicians. She is currently continuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Kirill Gerstein.
Now in its 14th season performing throughout the South Florida region and on national tours, Seraphic Fire is regarded as one of the preeminent choral/orchestral chamber ensembles in the United States. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings top ensemble singers and instrumentalists from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant and baroque masterpieces, to Mahler and newly commissioned works by this country’s leading composers. Two of the ensemble’s recordings, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas, were nominated for 2012 Grammy Awards, making Seraphic Fire the only choral ensemble in North or South America to be nominated that year and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects.
At the start of its 2015-16 season, Seraphic Fire brought its “crystalline artistry” (Gramophone Magazine) into the national spotlight with tours in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Naples. The organization also continues a partnership with the New York-based instrumental ensemble, The Sebastians, which brings its Baroque and classical genre expertise, as well as its immaculate execution, to make Seraphic Fire performances even more dynamic, cohesive and impressive.
Seraphic Fire’s artistic accomplishments have translated to chart-topping album sales. The ensemble’s September 2014 release, Reincarnations: A Century of American Choral Music, soared to No. 4 on the iTunes Classical Chart and reached No. 6 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. The ensemble’s Grammy Award-nominated recording of Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. In the summer of 2010 Seraphic Fire’s recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610) reached the No.1 position on the iTunes Classical Chart, and its 2010 Christmas album, of which NPR’s Morning Edition proclaims “the singing is just fabulous; this group has a really excellent blend,” broke into the top ten on the iTunes Classical Chart on the day of its release.
Seraphic Fire has a partnership with Naxos of America for the distribution of Seraphic Fire Media.
Soprano Rebecca Myers is a soloist, vocal chamber singer, collaborator, recording artist and creator in high demand. Indulging and specializing in vocal repertoire spanning from the Medieval to scores written especially for her, she has gained a reputation for her “timbral clarity and flawless pitch,” “nimble coloratura” and “vulnerability and grace.”
Ever ready to tackle a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Myers’ 2022-23 season includes an exciting lineup of performances across the country. Notable engagements include her New World Symphony debut as soprano soloist in Carmina Burana; performances with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 as soloist; performances of obscure polyphony with New York City-based ensemble; TENET Vocal Artists; a chamber version of Handel’s Messiah with Ensemble Altera; participation in the two-week long Enlightenment Festival featuring music of J.S. Bach with Seraphic Fire; a return to the central coast of California for the annual CalPoly Bach Festival; work with the newly formed Bach Vocal Arts at the annual Bach Festival Society in Winter Park, Florida; and performances with Lorelei Ensemble and the Boston Ballet.
Ms. Myers has been a core member of the Crossing—the country’s premiere chamber choir dedicated entirely to new music—for over a decade. Her work with the Crossing has included countless world premieres, over 15 commercial recordings, one Grammy Award (best choral performance 2018) and seven Grammy Award nominations. In 2023 the Crossing will appear with The Philadelphia Orchestra in a world premiere by John Luther Adams, and will present “Farming,” a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne that will take place at King Oaks Farm in Bucks County, PA.
Ms. Myers is the co-artistic director, founding member and singer in the genre-bending, cutting-edge vocal ensemble, Variant 6. Her creative work with Variant 6 strives to blur the lines between audience and performer. The ensemble seeks to change perceptions of what a vocal ensemble can be by presenting virtuosic and obscure works from all eras of history in new and surprising ways. Next season, Variant 6 will present a program with renowned violinist Min Young-Kim that includes fragments of Bach’s Chorales paired with his famous Chaconne for violin, alongside a work for vocal ensemble and electric guitar. Variant 6 is also thrilled to be collaborating with fellow Philadelphia ensemble Filament Baroque in a program of oft-overlooked French Baroque Music, some of which is from the recently discovered Ursuline Manuscript from an abbey in Louisiana.
Ms. Myers has appeared on over 25 acclaimed commercial recordings with The Crossing, Variant 6, Seraphic Fire, Lyric Fest and Lorelei Ensemble.
Brad Diamond, tenor
Brad Diamond is a talented tenor known for his musicianship and style. Dr. Diamond has performed Messiah with the Roanoke Music College, Buffalo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic and Princeton Pro Musica. For three years he was a featured artist in “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan,” which performed with symphony orchestras in Cedar Rapids, Buffalo, Lakeside, Richmond and St. Louis, among others. On the operatic stage he has performed the role of Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Pacific and a recording for Public Television Broadcast with the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee. He has performed the role of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with the Dayton opera and Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Indianapolis and Nashville opera companies. A return engagement with the Florentine Opera featured Dr. Diamond in the role of Tonio in La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti.
A specialist in oratorio repertoire, Dr. Diamond has performed the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Winter Park Bach Festival and Trinity Church at Wall Street. He has also performed the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Mathew Passion with the Richmond Symphony, Trinity Church at Wall Street and Winter Park Bach Festival. Recent engagements include J.S. Bach’s St. Mathew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Xerxes with the Richmond Symphony; Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Charleston Symphony; J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony and Greenville Symphony; and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Bangor Symphony. Dr. Diamond’s performance repertoire includes works by Cavalli, Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, Orff, Bartók, Janáček and Britten with symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada.
Dr. Diamond completed his bachelors of music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey in 1991. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music between 1993 and 2004. While attending Westminster, Dr. Diamond sang as a soloist under the baton of the late Leonard Bernstein. Dr. Diamond travels as a guest recitalist and presents his lecture “Singing With Purpose” at universities across the United States and Canada.
Hailed by The New York Times for his “robust singing” and Opera News for his “exquisite vocal beauty,” Grammy Award winning Canadian baritone Elliot Madore has established himself as an international artist in demand at the leading opera houses and orchestras of the world. The 2021–22 season included his house debut in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s new opera Julius Caesar with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Daniele Gatti. Mr. Madore also made his role debut as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Sieji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan. Orchestral work included Carmina Burana with Santa Cruz Symphony, conducted by music director Daniel Stewart. Mr. Madore also joined the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty in a newly created position as a performing Associate Professor of Voice.
Mr. Madore’s highlights at the Metropolitan Opera include performances of Roméo et Juliette, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Lysander in Jeremy Sam’s Baroque pasticcio The Enchanted Island and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd. Mr. Madore made his European operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival singing Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in a new production of L’enfant et les sortilèges, and returned to the company later to sing the title role in Don Giovanni. Orchestral highlights include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in of L’enfant et les sortilèges, Bernstein’s Songfest with the Tanglewood Festival, Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop and with the Houston Symphony conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Mr. Madore was part of the Grammy Award recording from the Saito Kinen Festival as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in L’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
Honors and awards include being named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recipient of the 2010 George London Award from the George London Foundation, winner of the Palm Beach Vocal Competition and recipient of the ARIAS Emerging Young Artist Award from Opera Canada. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Madore currently resides duly in Toronto, Canada and Zürich, Switzerland.
South Florida Choruses
Miami Dade College
Florida International University
Civic Chorale of Greater Miami
University of Miami
Florida Memorial University (pictured)
Florida Singing Sons