Quire Cleveland returns to its holiday tradition of offering Christmas carols of the season, showcasing Renaissance arrangements of the seven “O” Antiphons of Advent, contrasted with traditional carols. We’re joined by its artistic director, Jay White, to learn about the choir, the inspiration and process behind creating this year’s holiday repertoire and what carols you’ll need to learn for the audience participation bit.
Quire Cleveland is a professional early music vocal ensemble established in 2008 to explore the vast and timeless repertoire of choral music over the last nine centuries. The singers of Quire Cleveland are highly skilled performers of choral music, with a particular knowledge of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. Quire Cleveland plays a unique and vital role in the cultural landscape of Cleveland by enhancing the larger choral community and cultivating the highest artistic standards.
You can catch this year’s Quire Cleveland performances at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on Fri 12/20, Our Lady of Peace Church Sat 12/21 or St. Peter Catholic Church on Sun 12/22. Admission to all concerts is free. Seating is open, and no tickets or reservations are required. A freewill offering will be taken with a suggested donation $25 per person.
In this episode, we also feature two songs from local Cleveland acts. Firstly, we have the new single from the Chestertons called “Is This Real Enough Yet?”. The band will be hosting its 4th Very Chestertons Christmas Show at the CODA on December 20th at 8pm, with special guests, Jerry Popiel, Emily & Ivory and Vanishing Shores.
We also play new music from Liberty Light Machine called “For Those Who Are No Longer With Us”. This is a track from its latest EP, “Inevitable is Now” released in November, available on BandCamp and Amazon.