Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s GRAMMY®-nominated professional vocal ensemble will open the Christmas holidays with its traditional a capella carols by candlelight; an incredibly intimate and personal experience in 10 of South Florida’s most beautiful venues.
Tue, Dec 7, 7:00 pm | Naples | Vanderbilt Presbyterian, 1225 Piper Blvd
Wed, Dec 8, 7:00 pm | Sarasota | St. Boniface, 5615 Midnight Pass Road
Fri, Dec 10, 7:30 pm | Coral Gables | St. Philip’s, 1121 Andalusia Avenue
Sat, Dec 11, 7:30 pm | Miami Beach | All Souls, 4025 Pine Tree Drive
Sun, Dec 12, 7:00 pm | Ft. Lauderdale | All Saints, 333 Tarpon Drive
Tue, Dec 14, 7:00 pm | Boca Raton | St. Gregory’s, 100 NE Mizner Blvd
Wed, Dec 15, 7:30 pm | Miami | St. Sophia, 2401 SW 3rd Avenue
Thu, Dec 16, 7:30 pm | Ft. Lauderdale | Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue
Fri, Dec 17, 7:30 pm | Coral Gables | First United Methodist, 536 Coral Way
Sun, Dec 19, 4:00 pm | South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center | 10950 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay
Tickets and subscriptions are on sale now at SeraphicFire.org and by phone at 305.285.9060.
Easily the most sought-after ticket in the Seraphic Fire season, attendees can expect to hear the Christmas melodies that make the holidays special for them such as Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful. Equally exciting, they will experience new arrangements of old favorites, blending familiarity with exploration. On the program, and brand new for Seraphic Fire, is an arrangement of I Saw Three Ships by the American composer Edwin Fissinger. Patrons will also hear two arrangements exclusively created for Seraphic Fire: The Coventry Carol by Paul Rudoi, very beautiful and fascinating, as well as Patrick Dupre Quigley’s entrancing arrangement of I Wonder as I Wander.
Two additional new arrangements that will be performed – Away in a Manger and The Holly and the Ivy – are by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjielo. Gjielo has been very successful in the choral composition community and is known for beautiful atmospheric music reminiscent of Norway. The Christmas program also includes a smile-inducing arrangement of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, made famous by The King’s Singers. In musical contrast, listeners will be spellbound by beautiful and mesmerizing Gregorian chant.
James K. Bass, associate conductor, leads the Seraphic Fire Christmas performances and touts it as “the most up close, personal, and intimate concert that we do.” He describes the powerful emotions the concert evokes: “People come up to me afterwards and say they had no idea the human voice could make sounds like that; the incredible crystal-like notes sung with no instruments, and only in candlelight.”
Bass reflects on his own emotions about the Christmas program: “I am really excited about being in person. Nothing replaces the intimacy of performing for our audience. Of the pieces on the program, I am always excited about Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. There are so many new audience members every year and watching them experience the performance of that music for the first time makes it feel like it’s brand new.”