Johann Sebastian Bach's "Easter Oratorio" was first performed in 1725. A revised version in the 1740s turned the duet into a four-part chorus. Interpretations of the brilliant sacred works are still performed around the world with pristine clarity.
This Holy Week crowds in Coral Gables and Fort Lauderdale will get to experience a modern take on the liturgical compositions thanks to an anonymous donation to Miami-based Seraphic Fire, a professional vocal ensemble that performs nationwide.
Seraphic Fire will premiere the interpretive works of acclaimed composers Abbie Betinis, a McKnight Artist Fellow and cancer survivor, and James Kallembach, of the University of Chicago's Rockerfeller Chapel Choir and Orchestra, in two concerts.
Seraphic Fire's artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley, a Grammy-nominated conductor, will lead the ensemble. Seraphic Fire's executive director Rhett M. Del Campo, a pianist and percussionist, will play timpani.
Some tickets were available for the two 7:30 p.m. performances on Maundy Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables, and on Good Friday at The Sanctuary Church, 1400 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $48.