Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seraphic Fire Signs with Columbia Artists Management

Recently I posted two reviews of two different Christmas CD/iTunes releases by the great Miami-based professional choir Seraphic Fire. Already recently inking a recording deal with Naxos, they have just now signed a management contract with one of the biggest and most prestigious companies in the field, Columbia Artists (CAMI). Look for Seraphic Fire's national and international recognition to skyrocket as they, Naxos, and CAMI work together! Below is the press release:

Twice GRAMMY®-Nominated Seraphic Fire
Signs with Columbia Artists Management, Inc.

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, the United States’ All-Star two-time GRAMMY®-nominated vocal ensemble, has signed with Columbia Artists Management, Incorporated (CAMI), the international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world's most prominent performing artists and institutions. Seraphic Fire is based in Miami, FL.

Seraphic Fire will join the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, internationally lauded pianist Lang Lang, and Metropolitain Opera Artistic Director James Levine as the only American choir on CAMI’s roster.

"The entire Seraphic Fire team is thrilled to join CAMI’s roster” said Seraphic Fire’s Managing Director, Joey Quigley. “We are so excited to bring our art to the rest of the world. CAMI’s large network of contacts will allow Seraphic Fire to achieve greater recognition in cities across the globe.”
“On behalf of Columbia Artists Management Inc., we are excited to begin this new partnership with Seraphic Fire” said Benjamin Maimin, Vice President and National Booking Director for CAMI. “We look forward to sharing their outstanding voices and innovative programming with audiences around the world.”

For interview requests, high-resolution photos, or any other information, please contact Mike Burgess at (305) 285-9060.

About Seraphic Fire

Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. This past year, the ensemble’s recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 GRAMMY awards.

Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects.
In addition to a critically-acclaimed chamber choir, the organization has established Firebird Chamber Orchestra, which collaborates with Seraphic Fire on choral-orchestral masterworks as well as independent concerts of orchestral repertoire. The orchestra, like the chorus, is made up of top-tier performers from around the country.

Patrick Dupré Quigley with Seraphic Fire

Seraphic Fire’s artistic accomplishments have translated to chart-topping album sales. In the summer of 2010, Seraphic Fire’s recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610) reached the number one position on the iTunes classical music charts. The ensemble’s GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem debuted at #7 on Billboard Magazine's Classical charts, and Seraphic Fire’s newest Christmas album, of which NPR’s Morning Edition proclaims “the singing is just fabulous; this group has a really excellent blend”, broke into the top ten on the iTunes Classical charts on day of its release.

Seraphic Fire has just signed a three-year partnership deal with Naxos of America to distribute Seraphic Fire Media. Seraphic Fire is represented worldwide by Columbia Artists Management, Inc.

About CAMI

Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) is an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world's most prominent performing artists and institutions. Led by Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Wilford and the managing partners of CAMI's subsidiaries, the company has been on the forefront of performing arts management and production throughout the world for eight decades.

CAMI was formed in 1930 by William S. Paley and Arthur Judson, in a merger of seven independent concert managers, as part of Columbia Broadcast System. The convergence of major impresarios under the Columbia Concerts Corporation, as CAMI was originally known, began the tradition of cooperation among independent managers that is still in place today. The company’s dominating presence in broadcasting and representation was sustained and driven by the now legendary roster of artists managed by the company’s founders.
CAMI continues its legacy in the discovery and career development of the next generation of young artists from the world over through its subsidiary Columbia Artists Management LLC (CAM LLC). Under the direction of Tim Fox, President, with colleagues R. Douglas Sheldon and Andrew S. Grossman, Senior Vice Presidents, the company maintains its position as the world's largest classical music management firm internationally recognized for its distinguished list of Artists & Attractions.
The firm’s managers include a diverse selection of individuals who specialize in the careers of instrumentalists, conductors, opera singers and other vocalists, as well as in the touring activities of orchestras and instrumental ensembles. Complementing its activities in classical music, the company manages an extensive roster of world music performing artists, as well as the leading classical, modern and popular dance companies.

For over thirty years, through its Columbia Artists Theatricals (CAT) subsidiary, CAMI has pioneered the development of national Broadway touring. Today, through the leadership of Gary McAvay, CAT continues its long tradition of distributing the highest caliber of theatrical entertainment.
In recognition of the diversity of its artists and of previously untapped opportunities to reach new audiences worldwide, CAMI's subsidiary, CAMI Spectrum, led by Margaret Selby, is reaching beyond convention to produce an array of innovative projects and special events.

In 2004 Ronald A. Wilford and Jean Jacques Cesbron formed CAMI Music, an independent enterprise, specializing in the worldwide general management and touring of a prominent roster of artists, institutions and theatrical events appealing to both existing and new audiences across the globe. In addition to traditional representation, CAMI Music provides production and consultation services for special events and festivals around the world.

Through the further development of collaborative partnerships, CAMI continues to expand its activities at the forefront of media development and the performing arts.

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