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AN INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AT HOME IN NORTHEAST OHIO

London, Madrid, Lisbon, Bordeaux, New York, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles… and next summer, the BBC Proms. Apollo’s Fire plays to sold-out houses around the world. But what we love most is “touring” the neighborhoods of Northeast Ohio, playing for our amazing home audience—the third largest early-music audience in the nation!

AF’s subscription programs in Northeast Ohio have repeatedly been chosen by GRAMOPHONE and BBC MAGAZINE as among the “Top 20 Concerts in North America.” Founding Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is hailed for her “inspired leadership” (THE INDEPENDENT, London) and “revelatory performances” (OPERA NEWS). Sorrell and her talented musicians are dedicated to reviving the true spirit of baroque performances—not only with period instruments, but with the emotional impact the music was intended to convey:

Passion. Period.

See AF’s full bio below.

FROM THE PRESS

“Superlative music-making . . . European stylishness combined with ‘can-do’ American entrepreneurism. The results were thrilling.”
–THE TELEGRAPH (LONDON)

“Apollo’s Fire brought a type of American bohemian chic. Led by exuberant, flame-haired Jeannette Sorrell, they were flamboyant and fun. And boy, they can play, too.”
–THE BIRMINGHAM POST (UK)

“The players take their namesake ‘fire’ to heart.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES

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APOLLO’S FIRE

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Apollo’s Fire returned to Europe in autumn 2011 and spring 2014, and has been met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz (FR), Birmingham (UK) and Bregenz (Austria). AF’s return to London in 2014 was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” (THE TELEGRAPH, UK).

Apollo’s Fire has also toured throughout North America, appearing at the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Tropical Baroque Festival in Miami, the Ojai International Festival in California, and major venues in Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble performed an 11-concert tour of the Monteverdi Vespers in 2010 and a 9-concert tour of the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire is currently signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in Europe by Intermusica (London).

At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 20 commercial CD’s, and currently records for the British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version, brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). Four of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and Jeannette Sorrell’s two crossover programs, “Come to the River” and “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers.”

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Artistic Philosophy

Music is a form of communication – a language that resonates with people in an emotional and spiritual way, touching people in a way that words cannot. The treatises from the 17th and 18th centuries all talk about “Affekt” – the emotional character of the music. The performer’s role was to evoke a particular Affekt or emotional state in the listeners – whether that be joy or contemplation or rage or despair or triumph. The baroque performer used every possible means to cast his emotional spell on the audience – rhetoric, gesture, harmony. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of artists who believe passionately that our job is to communicate – to take the listeners with us on an emotional journey. If, at the end of two hours, the audience is moved to tears, or joy, or laughter, or prayer, then we have done a good night’s work.

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.”
–CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy – a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.”
–GRAMOPHONE