South Florida Arts Scene

Seraphic Fire signed by top management firm


Seraphic Fire and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley are going national.

Miami’s chamber choir has been signed by Columbia Artists Management, the high-profile firm that represents some of the world’s leading orchestras and classical musicians, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and Lang Lang. Nominated for two Grammy Awards last year, Seraphic Fire will be one of only two choruses on CAMI’s roster.

Joey Quigley, managing director of the choir, said the signing came together quickly. He first spoke with CAMI manager Ben Maimin during Seraphic Fire’s December Christmas concerts.

“Our packet had come across his desk, and he was very excited, both with the sound of the group and also with our marketing material,” said Quigley, brother of the artistic director. “He flew down to hear our Silent Night performances at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, which was sold out and a beautiful show.”

The principal motivation, says Quigley, is to increase Seraphic Fire’s national exposure.

“CAMI has an incredible network of presenters, so we are looking at getting into some really big venues. We worked really hard to get the deal done so that Ben can sell us immediately.”

While details are not set yet, he said they hope to embark on their inaugural CAMI national tour in December.

“I think it would be a huge coup for our organization to start to perform in these large performing arts centers on the East Coast,” Quigley said. “It would allow us to raise brand awareness in New York, Boston, Chicago, etc.”

Seraphic Fire opens its next five-concert program — Ave Maria, surveying Gregorian chant — on Wednesday at Miami’s St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church;, 305-285-9060.

Lawrence A. Johnson

South Florida Classical Review

McArt headlines

South Florida actress and producer Jan McArt, now director of theater arts program development at Boca Raton’s Lynn University, returns to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a reading of Tony Finstrom’s new play, Back Stage Story. Based on Finstrom’s days as a theater company manager, the script is about a miscast veteran performer with a faulty memory. Also in the cast are Michael McKeever, Jeffrey Bruce, Patti Gardner, Kevin Reilly and Iris Acker, with Wayne Rudisill directing.

The series of new play readings continues with Dan Clancy’s Proposition Eight Feb. 11, Jay Stuart’s Champagne and Bosom Buddies: A Tribute to Jerry Herman March 18 and McKeever’s Finding Mona Lisa April 22. Tickets are $13, and the readings take place in the Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn campus at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-237-9000

Christine Dolen

Chopin at La Gorce

Pianist Ning An, a prize winner in contests including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and a featured soloist with orchestras worldwide, will perform a program of Bach, Chopin and Piazzolla on Jan. 20 for the Chopin Foundation of the U.S.

The 4 p.m. salon concert at La Gorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, will be followed by a wine reception and dinner. Tickets, which include the meal, are $55 for members, $100 for others. Reservations are required at 305-868-0624;

Art talks

• Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of New York’s Creative Time, launches the Locust Talks series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Locust Projects, , 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, as part of the Wynwood gallery’s 15th anniversary celebration. Pasternak’s projects with the public-art production company have included the twin beacons of light that illuminated the World Trade Center site six months after 9/11. Her presentation is free; 305-576-8570,

•  Phong Bui, editor and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, presents an art talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art/North Miami, 770 NE 125th St. Bui will be joined by Wynwood gallery owner Nina Johnson-Milewski, who last summer launched the New York publication’s first official expansion, Miami Rail, to discuss publishing cultural criticism. The talk is free with museum admission, but reservations are recommended; 305-893-6211,

Galena Mosovich

Frost benefit

Shelly Berg, the school’s dean, will perform with the Stamps Brass Quintet in a concert hosted by Friends of the University of Miami Frost School of Music on Jan. 20 at the Coral Gables Museum. Tickets to the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and be followed by coffee and dessert, are $50; 305-530-8039.

Roxy swings

The student performers of the Roxy Theatre Group get into the swing of the new year with the Disney musical Tarzan. Alexander Zenoz gets the role of the wild man, with Cristina Garcia as Jane in a cast and orchestra featuring 60 students from the ages of 8 to 22. Performances begins at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Feb. 3. Tickets are $20 (students pay $15 on Saturday, $10 other days) at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami; 305-226-0030,

Christine Dolen

Briefly noted

•  W – Women in Art, featuring portraits by Mercedes Cisneros, photographs by Gloria Sesana and still-life paintings by Federica Zavanella, is on display through Jan. 25 at Galleria Ca’d’Oro in the Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-9157,

• National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes, a 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition, will be on view Friday through May 5 at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., South Miami-Dade; 305-251-0400,

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