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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Seraphic Fire Christmas “Carols by Candlelight” Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.

November 7, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Seraphic Fire Christmas

“Carols by Candlelight”

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 7, 2014 – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax kicks off the holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with the rapturous sounds of the revered vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. This critically acclaimed choir visits the Center for the first time to present their dazzling concert, “Carols by Candlelight.” A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

This outstanding evening of music features these extraordinary male and female singers showcasing their glorious voices in a program that includes selections such as “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” Morten Lauridsen’s arrangement of “O magnum mysterium,” Elizabeth Poston’s arrangement of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” and much more.

                  “The singing is really fabulous; this group has a really excellent blend,” raves NPR’s Morning Edition about Seraphic Fire, who have enchanted audiences for 13 seasons with its brilliant sound, flawless technique and expansive and pleasing repertoire filled withBaroque mainstays, contemporary favorites, newly commissioned works and obscure musical gems. Based in Miami, Seraphic Fire’s outstanding reputation as one of the country’s top vocal ensembles has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations (for its recordings “Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem” and “A Seraphic Fire Christmas”), a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical music chart and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music chart (for its recording of Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin” (1610). Hailed as an adept arts entrepreneur and savvy institution builder, founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley was the youngest conductor to be awarded the Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship and was also awarded Chorus America’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal.



Program subject to change.



Tickets for SERAPHIC FIRE CHRISTMAS: “CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT” are $50, $43 and $30. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.



About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.