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“I find all of your ‘Films” to be of the highest quality. As an “out of towner” I am delighted that I will be able to hear/see your performances online.”
-Steve Johnstonbaugh

Dear Friends,
I hope you are well in these uncertain times. All of us at Apollo’s Fire are grateful that music, art, and literature nourish us during hardship. You recall Boccaccio’s delightful Decameron, penned during a 14th century plague. Later, Handel composed his masterpiece, Messiah, during a personal financial crisis. Throughout history, the human spirit has triumphed through the arts.
In response to the coronavirus shutdown, Apollo’s Fire has launched “Music for the Soul”, a series of online programs featuring concert videos, interviews, and related reading – all for your pleasure at home.
Over the next few weeks, cozy up with Apollo’s Fire! We’ll be starting with some old favorite videos, and will include NEW videos and interviews next week.
Wishing you health and inspiration,
Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director

Episode #1:
St. Patrick’s Day Edition
Apollo’s Fire Goes Irish!

Video selections and program notes from 3 favorite Celtic programs – a cozy St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
View Episode #1

Episode #2:
Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood Festival

Video selections from Apollo’s Fire’s 2015 Tanglewood debut (“A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse”) and the 2017 return (an all-Vivaldi program including The Four Seasons). This episode also includes a live, public interview with Jeannette Sorrell, hosted by Boston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg and Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Vallière. Don’t miss the program notes and especially the wild encore, guaranteed to cheer you up!
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Episode #3:
Apollo’s Fire on the Road

An eclectic mix of videos and photos from the Aldeburgh Festival in England, the Tanglewood Festival, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and more. This episode includes a couple of videos from the recent tour of our “O Jerusalem!” program as a TEASER and another uplifting encore to raise your spirits!
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Episode #4:
Living the Classical Life (with Mozart)

For your cozy Sunday at home, Apollo’s Fire goes Classical! We are pairing some gorgeous Mozart videos with an interview of Jeannette Sorrell from the wonderful online series, Living the Classical Life, with host Zsolt Bognar.
View Episode #4

Episodes #5 & 6:
Passover Edition, Parts I & II

This filmed performance of “O Jerusalem!” is from March 11, 2020, when we had the bittersweet honor of performing the last public concert that was permitted in Cleveland.
View Episodes #5 & 6

Episodes #7 & 8:
Good Friday/Easter Edition
Bach St. John Passion

Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to release this beautifully filmed video of J.S. Bach’s first oratorio masterpiece, the St. John Passion (1724).
View Episodes #7 & 8

Episode #9:
Beethoven the Revolutionary

In honor of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, spend a cozy weekend with this stormy and triumphant composer! Apollo’s Fire is delighted to bring you this video of our “Beethoven the Revolutionary” program.
View Episode #9

Episode #10:
Getting a HANDEL on BACH

Performances of Brandenburgs 4 & 5 from Tanglewood and Handel Arias from Cleveland featuring beloved soprano Amanda Forsythe.
View Episode #10

Episode #11:
Mother’s Day Edition: Laughter & Smiles

The lighter side of Apollo’s Fire! This episode includes a Funeral Cantata for a Beloved Pet Canary, a “Tango Concerto” with plenty of playfulness, and a NEW video of the night when a cello bow exploded during our performance of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).
View Episode #11

Episodes #12 & 13:

Apollo’s Fire celebrates Monteverdi’s masterpiece with a selection of videos from throughout the ensemble’s long relationship with this piece.
View Episodes #12 & 13

Episodes #14:
Love & Jazz from 1603 (and thereabouts)

In Italy there is an old saying… “L’Italiano è la lingua della musica, degli angeli, e dell’ Amore.” (Italian is the language of music, of the angels, and of Love.)
View Episodes #14

Episodes #15:
AF Musicians On Their Own

While our musicians are scattered around the world during this pandemic, they have been filming their music. In this episode of Music for the Soul, we are sharing soulful performances by five of them “on their own.”
View Episodes #15

Episodes #16:
Vivaldi Fireworks

With best wishes to all of our YouTube fans in Italy, Apollo’s Fire is delighted to go all-Italian in this episode.
View Episodes #16

Episodes #17:
Young Person’s Edition

This edition is dedicated to all the kids and teens who have been stuck at home for months.
View Episodes #17

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Apollo’s Fire is providing this video series as a free gift to you. However, during the COVID shutdown we are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket revenue and touring fees. What’s worse, our musicians have lost all of their work with ensembles around the country. But thanks to your donations, Apollo’s Fire, unlike many other orchestras, has so far been able to pay our musicians $100,000 in partial fees for canceled concerts. We couldn’t have done this without your support!

Please consider donating either to Apollo’s Fire or to our Musicians’ Fund.

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