Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s twice GRAMMY®-nominated chamber ensemble, will make its Washington D.C. debut February 8th, 2013 with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1610). Seraphic Fire will perform in collaboration with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the breathtaking Upper Church of the National Shrine.
This concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Basilica’s Upper Church [Please note the change in location to the Upper Church to accomodate more guests]. Due to limited seating, tickets are being made available in advance for general admission seating (recommended). The night of the performance, first-come, first-served seating will be available for anyone who wishes to enjoy the concert.
Seraphic Fire is well acquainted with the Vespers. In August 2010, the ensemble self-released an album of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 which quickly soared to #1 on the iTunes classical chart, catching the eye of NPR’s All Things Considered, which ran a story about Seraphic Fire, “From Zero to Hero”, on its weekend edition. This recording followed an international tour to Mexico City where Seraphic Fire performed the work in Mexico's premier performance venues, including the Catedral Metropolitana de Mexico and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important professional vocal ensembles in the United States. An American All-Star ensemble made up of the best ensemble singers from across the United States, Seraphic Fire saw two recordings—Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas—receive nominations in the Best Choral and Best Small Ensemble categories, respectively, of the 2012 GRAMMY® Awards. The ensemble’s repertoire and recording catalogue spans over one thousand years of sacred music, from Gregorian chant to newly-commissioned works.
Joining forces with Seraphic Fire for this performance is the Choir of the Basilica, the resident choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC). The choir is comprised of approximately twenty four professional singers and is dedicated to providing excellence in sacred choral music within the context of Liturgy throughout the year. The choir performs approximately three hundred works each season drawn from the wealth of the Roman Catholic sacred music tradition. In addition to performing choral literature from the vast treasury of sacred music, the choir champions newly composed works and has given numerous premiers including Henryk Gorecki’s Pod twoja obrone (North American premiere) and James MacMillan’s Tota pulchra es (world premiere). The choir’s performances have been broadcast throughout the world on the Eternal Word Television Network, Public Radio International, WAOB Radio, Salt and Light TV, and the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM. The Choir has also performed internationally as part of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra and at national conferences for the American Guild of Organists, National Pastoral Association of Musicians, Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and the Church Music Association of America.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world. With stunning art and architecture, the Basilica rivals the great sanctuaries of Europe and the world. It is designated as a national sanctuary of prayer and pilgrimage by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Basilica receives nearly one million visitors annually. Among those who have visited are Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
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