Seraphic Fire’s March program to feature top U.S. soloists

In an artistic coup, Seraphic Fire will present a magnificent pair of soloists to headline the ensemble’s March program, “Vivaldi and the Soprano: Vocal Fireworks.”

Collaborating with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (BWV 51), the Baroque work for soprano and trumpet will be American Baroque sensation, soprano Kathryn Mueller, and principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Ray Hunter, making for the most high-profile combination of soloists on this work in the United States in the past five years.

“Vivaldi and the Soprano: Vocal Fireworks” will run from Mar. 20 to 24. Local performances are:

• Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m., St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, 126 SE 15 Rd. in Miami;

• Friday, Mar. 22, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables, and

• Sunday, Mar. 24, 4 p.m., Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave. in Miami Beach.

Tickets and information are available online at or by phone at 305-285-9060.

“We have scored an exciting artistic triumph,” said Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire artistic director. “It’s an honor that that Seraphic Fire will play host to this musical alchemy.”

Kathryn Mueller has performed as a soloist in the works of Bach with virtually every early music ensemble in the United States, including the American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort, Carmel Bach Festival, and many others. She is firmly established as one of America’s early music bright stars.

Billy Ray Hunter is the principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and assistant principal trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Hunter previously was coprincipal trumpet with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as guest principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas symphonies.

As a chamber musician and soloist Hunter has performed with the Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Musical Festival, American Brass Quintet, and the MET Chamber Ensemble.

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