October 29, 2017
Quire Cleveland is a professional chamber choir established in 2008 to explore the vast and timeless repertoire of choral music over the last 9 centuries. In Quire’s programs, music-lovers are treated to music rarely heard in the modern era — including modern premieres of works newly discovered or reconstructed — breathing life into the music of our shared heritage.
With highly-trained professional musicians — who collectively represent 500 years of choral singing — the ensemble has earned both popular and critical acclaim.
Now in its tenth anniversary season, Quire Cleveland has presented more than 60 concerts and produced seven CDs of music from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin, a prize-winning musicologist, creates unique musical editions for programs that showcase the beauty of the music and the glorious sound of voices raised in harmony.
In addition to live and recorded broadcasts on classical radio, Quire has also recorded music for Oxford University Press. An education program, initiated in 2014, offers workshops and lectures.
With concert videos posted on YouTube, Quire Cleveland’s reach has indeed been worldwide, attracting over 650,000 views from 210 countries.
ROSS W. DUFFIN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Quire Cleveland’s founding Artistic Director, Ross W. Duffin, is an award-winning scholar, specializing in the performance practice of early music. Director since 1978 of the nationally recognized Historical Performance Practice Program at Case Western Reserve University, where he is Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music, he has trained and nurtured many of today’s leading performers and researchers in the field.
His weekly radio show, Micrologus: Exploring the World of Early Music, was broadcast on 140 NPR stations throughout the United States. His books, How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care) and Shakespeare’s Songbook (both published by W. W. Norton), have gained international renown.
In addition to many of the works on this concert, Ross has edited Cantiones Sacræ: Madrigalian Motets from Jacobean England (A-R Editions), which Quire recorded complete as Madrigalian Motets (qc103); A Josquin Anthology; A Performer’s Guide to Medieval Music; and the St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy, recorded by Quire Cleveland for a 2017 release (qc107).