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Fall 2013 - Early Music America Magazine features AF
Apollo's Tours on Fire

"The impressive growth in the schedule of Apollo's Fire has come from taking the group on the road. Apollo's Fire and the Toronto-based ensemble Tafelmusik are currently the North American early music orchestras with the most regular U.S. touring activity . . . 'Getting to play on some of the great stages of the world-as an ensemble of 13 or 15, not as anonymous member of a large symphony orchestra - is a rare and special honor,' said Sorrell. 'It is a chance to create something magical for people.'"

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July 2013 - The Plain Dealer
AF Signs on with Columbia Artists Management (CAMI)

In response to increased demand and interest in AF around the country, Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI) has signed the ensemble for exclusive management of AF's touring in North and South America, beginning in Dec. 2014. AF will be managed by CAMI's Senior Vice President, Doug Sheldon, who also manages the New York Philharmonic, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and conductor Valery Gergiev.

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December 2012 - BBC Magazine
AF's "Sacrum Mysterium" Named One of BBC Magazine's Top 20 Holiday Concerts in America

“Cleveland Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire joins forces with La Nef, a Montreal-based ensemble, for a programme of ancient Celtic music rooted both in church and countryside. The concert includes excerpts from a 13th-century service surrounded by hymns, carols and folk tunes. Expect a mix of bagpipes, fiddles, flutes and voices, which should build to a rambunctious, rollicking finale.”

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November 2012 - Performance Today on Minneapolis Public Radio
Sorrell and members of Apollo's Fire joined Fred Child in the PT studio for conversation about musical affect and live musical performances.

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July 2012 - The Plain Dealer
Jeannette Sorrell provides the sparks that light Apollo's Fire

“Since the start of Apollo's Fire, the founder has proved to be virtuoso organizer, inventive programmer -- her crossover concerts of folk music have become audience favorites -- and vibrant interpreter of music from before, during and after the Baroque era performed with a blend of historical and Sorrell-conjured panache.”

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May 2012 - ClevelandClassical.com
Ponders the Secrets to AF's Success

"In covering an Apollo's Fire concert it is less incumbent upon the reviewer to say that Apollo's Fire was good than it is to discuss why they were good, and why they are consistently good... There are a number of reasons for Apollo's Fire's success. From the moment the musicians walked onto the stage, their very entrance communicated “We are performers. And we are here for you, the audience.” Apollo's Fire has stage presence.

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March 2012 - The Plain Dealer
Bringing the Magic of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' to Audiences of All Ages

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November 2011 - Apollos Fire 2011 International Tour

Sold-Out Concerts and Standing Ovations Across the U.S. and Europe!
Collaboraion with Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor

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November 2011 - EL PAÍS (the leading national newspaper of Spain)
A Fine Champagne

A standing ovation, as rarely happens at the Royal Theatre. Apollo's Fire [played] dazzling variations on the trio sonata "La Follia". These musicians rejuvenated the baroque for us with the spirit of jazz, and the joy of playing together.... Sorrell conducted from the harpsichord with great precision, sensitivity and femininity. The concert was impeccable and the Royal Theatre was full to overflowing. One of those evenings that leaves you wanting more.

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November 2011 - The Boston Globe
‘Fireworks’ Lofted by a French Countertenor

Easily one of the most enjoyable concerts of the season.... Part of the evening’s success flowed from the sense of artistic collaboration, as Apollo’s Fire here was far more than a backup band. The group pulled out Sorrell’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s “La Follia’’ trio sonata, uncorking it like a Baroque party piece, dashed off from memory. These excellent young musicians take a highly gestural approach to phrasing and bring across their music with an exuberant physicality, like wind through a forest.

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October 2011 - The Los Angeles Times
Music Review: Apollo’s Fire and Philippe Jaroussky at Royce Hall

A thrilling program. An enthusiastic audience called the singer and the ensemble back for three encores, each exquisitely rendered with sold-out performances.

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October 2011 - Classic Voice of North Carolina
Philippe Jaroussky & Apollo's Fire Light up the Sky for Duke Performances

Apollo's Fire, the baroque orchestra that Sorrell has made one of the finest in the world.... This was the first joint appearance of the singer and this orchestra, but it cannot be the last...

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October 2011 - Duke University's blog
Jeannette Sorrell on Affekt, Apollo’s Fire & Philippe Jaroussky

Easily the most highly regarded baroque orchestra in the United States...

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Summer 2011 - LISTEN Magazine
High Folk Art: A period-instrument ensemble embraces Americana.

Apollo's Fire approaches folk music with a period-informed twist exploring the close relationship between folk and Baroque…

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May 2011 - GRAMOPHONE Magazine (UK)

Gramophone Magazine discusses the unique journey of Apollo's Fire, as the ensemble prepares for its second international tour and a new crossover CD release. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell and her merry band are drawing unusually large crowds from London to Santa Fe, as they joyfully break down the barriers between the formal concert hall and the early music of the taverns and countryside.

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March 2, 2011- THE PLAIN DEALER
German violinist Veronika Skuplik to guest direct Apollo's Fire program

Veronika Skuplik is delighted to go to lengths great and otherwise on behalf of early music.

The Baroque violinist lives in Oldenburg, in the north of Germany near Bremen, but travels often to France, the Netherlands and beyond to pursue her muse with major Baroque ensembles.

In the fall of 2009, she came to Northeast Ohio to perform with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, at the invitation of artistic director Jeannette Sorrell. Skuplik is back this week to serve as guest director and soloist in a program of 17th-century music she devised for the occasion, "Mysteries: Sacred & Profane."

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December 2010 – BBC Music Magazine
Fire starters

Cleveland's early music ensemble Apollo’s Fire — led by harpsichor player Jeannette Sorrell — is poised to set Europe alight, as Andrew Stewart discovers.

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November 14, 2010- THE PLAIN DEALER
European Tour will fan the fame of Apollo's Fire

Jeannette Sorrell and Sophie Daneman have been e-mailing and phoning one another for more than a year. But until the other day, they'd never met in person, which hasn't been an impediment to their relationship.

"I feel like she's some amazing old friend now," said Daneman, a British soprano celebrated for performances and recordings of Baroque music, by phone recently from her London home.

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November 2010 – CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
Fire Storm

Almost 20 years ago, when Roger Wright ran the Cleveland Orchestra, he put in a call to a young conductor. It was the start of [a] story that led to one of the brightest lights of period instrument playing in the United States. Now Apollo's Fire is heading our way. Andrew Stewart talks to director Jeannette Sorrell.

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October 6, 2010- THE PLAIN DEALER
Apollo's Fire celebrates the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610"

British tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson rehearses Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610" with Apollo's Fire and music director Jeannette Sorrell, left, for performances this week around the region.

Going to vocal extremes is normal business for Richard Edgar-Wilson, an admired British tenor who sings everything from Renaissance music to works that may have been finished this morning.

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May 2010 - APOLLO'S/WVIZ FIRE PRESS RELEASE
WVIZ-PBS Ideastream® and Apollo's Fire produce “DISCOVERING VIVALDI”
Hour-long broadcast premières on Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m. on WVIZ/PBS

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March 13, 2010 - THE PLAIN DEALER
Apollo's Fire to tour Europe for first time in November

Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will make its European debut in November in Spain, the Netherlands and England. The five-concert trip will be part of the orchestra's 19th season.

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March 12, 2010 - APOLLO'S FIRE PRESS RELEASE
Apollo’s Fire Makes European Tour Début

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March 7, 2010- THE PLAIN DEALER
Acclaimed pianist, historic Blüthner piano join Apollo's Fire 'Mozart Celebration'
by Donald Rosenberg

Playing Mozart piano concertos has never been anything but a thrill for Sergei Babayan.

The admired Armenian-born pianist, an award-winning faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, considers these works to be among the most transcendent in the classical repertoire.

But Babayan is holding his keyboard breath at the moment. This week, he'll perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, not on a modern Steinway grand, one of his preferred instruments, but on a Bluthner piano made in Leipzig, Germany, in 1877.

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March 2, 2010 - HEIGHTS OBSERVER
Simpatico Musicians Unite for Mozart Celebration!
Artistic Collaboration Culminates at Severance Hall
by Margi Griebling-Haigh

Last winter, Jeannette Sorrell, founder and director of Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, drove down the hill from her Cleveland Heights home to conduct an all-Mozart concert at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  The soloist that evening, along with the student orchestra, was acclaimed pianist and faculty member Sergei Babayan.

It was a special night.  “The subtlety, gesture, and blend that Jeannette drew from the ensemble were amazing” remembers Sian Ricketts, a student oboist who took part in the concert. “Sorrell is an outstanding Mozartian”, confirm the experts at Fanfare record magazine.

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December 9, 2009 - THE PLAIN DEALER
Mother and son share stage, sweet voices in Apollo's Fire program
by Donald Rosenberg

Peter Simon was four-foot-two and nine years old when he first applied his pure boy soprano to the carol "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!" in 2005 with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.

The Cleveland Heights resident today is a gangly 13-year-old ready to tackle the solo for what he and his mother, soprano Sandra Simon, are sure will be the last times.

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December 7, 2009 - CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM
Apollo’s Fire: A chat with Apollo’s Musettes before the Praetorius Christmas Vespers
by Mike Telin

If you have ever attended an Apollo’s Fire concert, chances are you have heard the beautiful voices of the Apollo’s Fire Musettes. There will be 15 Musettes performing on the upcoming bi-Annual presentations of the Michael Praetorius Christmas Vespers. I had the opportunity to speak to five Musettes this past Saturday prior to a joint rehearsal with the Apollo’s Singers at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. Although I was assured that they were a “talkative” group, I must admit that I was not sure how to prepare for the interview. But from the very beginning I found myself in the presence of five extremely self possessed, intelligent and talented young women who would, for the next thirty minutes, introduce me to an unseen part of the extraordinary work that Jeannette Sorrell is doing with Apollo’s Fire -- the mentoring of young people through music.

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December 2, 2009 - SCENE MAGAZINE
CLODS, DONKEYS, DOGS AND PIGS
Apollo's Fire offers seasonal music for the rest of us
by Michael Gill

Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant church, had a lot of interesting things to say about music. During a recent conversation about Apollo's Fire's upcoming program, Praetorius Christmas Vespers, music director Jeannette Sorrell recalled that the nailer of the 95 Theses once said, "Music is a precious gift of God. When I hear music, joy bubbles up inside me. Anyone who doesn't respond to this gift is a clod and not fit to be called a man."

When a theologian uses the word "clod," it's worth investigation. According to music scholar Paul Nettl, Luther went on to say, "He should rather listen to the donkey braying of the [Gregorian] chorale or the barking of dogs and pigs, than to such music."

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November 6, 2009 - PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Apollo's Fire, a period-instruments orchestra, to give concert in Oakland
by Mark Kanny

Jeannette Sorrell took her time developing her ideas for a "Mediterranean Nights" concert program. It's not the sort of concert she usually presents. Sorrell is founding artistic director of Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland-based period-instruments orchestra that most often performs masterpieces from the classical and romantic eras.

"This is going to be pretty much of a happening, different each night here in Cleveland, and will probably have changed a lot by the time we get to Pittsburgh," she says.

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January 29, 2009 - SCENE MAGAZINE
Dido and Aeneas
by Michael Gill

It's about time. That's what we have to say about Apollo's Fire appearing at long last - after 16 years of performing in Northeast Ohio churches - at a church recycled into an art gallery, Josaphat Arts Hall (1433 E. 33rd St.). Jeannette Sorrell, with soloists Meredith Hall and Sumner Thompson and the Apollo's Singers Chorus, will use the former church, which houses Convivium 33 Gallery, for its production of Henry Purcell's baroque opera masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas.

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January 27, 2009 - THE PLAIN DEALER
Purcell opera is a meeting of Cleveland and Montreal minds
by Donald Rosenberg

A handful of the singers are the same. Otherwise, the production of Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" that Apollo's Fire will present this weekend bears no resemblance to the one music director Jeannette Sorrell and colleagues offered in 1998 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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