Seraphic Fire keeps it pure for season opening

October 19, 2014 7:16 PM

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Patrick Quigley can usually be counted on to take the route less traveled in choral programming. For the opening of Seraphic Fire's 13th season, the choir's director has conceived a concert of rarely heard American choral music. Quigley's own arrangement of the traditional hymn How Can I Keep from Singing? provided both the program's opening and its title.

Mezzo-soprano Luthien Brackett entered the sanctuary of All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night, singing a solo version of the hymn with unaffected directness and simplicity. She was joined by soprano Lexa Ferrill in what eventually became a contrapuntal version for the enti...

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