Classical music review

Seraphic Fire explores Spanish treasures in wide-ranging program


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Seraphic Fire performs ‘The Golden Age of Spain’ at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Coral Gables; 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale, and 4 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church, Miami Beach. Tickets are $38; 305-285-9060,

South Florida Classical Review

Seraphic Fire is celebrating 500 years of Spain in Florida with a unique overview of music from “The Golden Age of Spain.” Artistic Director Patrick Quigley has done considerable research into Spanish vocal music of the 14th through 16th centuries, unearthing scores that have rarely been performed by contemporary choral ensembles.

In his opening remarks Wednesday night, Quigley pointed out that many of these works were intended for worship, processional and informal functions at the Spanish court. Some existed in abbreviated one-page scores, requiring considerable elaboration and reconstruction. The musicological journey resulted in a joyous evening that juxtaposed reverent and rousing musical fare.

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