Quire Cleveland makes its Cleveland Heights debut Sept. 26

Ross Duffin will conduct Quire Cleveland in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 26. Photo by Beth Segal.

Quire Cleveland presents its first Cleveland Heights concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The program, “The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony,” features the greatest composers of the 15th and 16th centuries. Like the art of Michelangelo and Leonardo, this music has a timeless appeal, with its glorious melodies and the way the different voices weave around each other, like a fascinating conversation. 

Composers such as Josquin (“The Prince of Music”) Desprez, Guillaume DuFay, Giaches de Wert and Roland de Lassus may not be household names today, but they were revered in their time by kings and popes alike. This program is directed by Ross W. Duffin, Quire’s artistic director, the head of the renowned Historical Performance Practice program at Case Western Reserve University and the long-time host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Micrologus: The World of Early Music.”

Quire Cleveland is a professional chamber choir that has won enthusiastic audiences since its founding in 2008. Concerts and CDs of its medieval through modern music have earned popular and critical acclaim for the “rich banquet of song" and "stunning panache" (ClevelandClassical website). Achieving international notice, Quire's YouTube channel has surpassed a quarter-million views from 190 countries. The Plain Dealer declared, "To hear this professional choir . . . was to know something on the order of bliss." 

Tickets for Quire Cleveland’s concert ($5 to $30; under 18 admitted free) can be purchased online or at the concert door. For more information visit www.quirecleveland.org.

The concert will be repeated on Sept. 27 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood and Sept. 28 at Historic St. Peter's Church in downtown Cleveland.

Beverly Simmons

Beverly Simmons is the executive director of Quire Cleveland. She also sings with Apollo's Fire and is half of the cabaret duo Rent-a-Yenta.

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