Apollo’s Fire | Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Meredith Hall, soprano
Steve Player, baroque guitar/dancer
with Ensemble La Nef of Montreal
Sylvain Bergeron, director/archlute
The groundbreaking new program that took Northeast Ohio by storm in 12 sold-out performances in the last two years! Jeannette Sorrell’s celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. A colorful band of bagpipes, flutes, strings and Celtic harp joins the exquisite Apollo’s Singers.
“A grand holiday stew made from deliciously blended sacred and secular ingredients… Sorrell’s brainstorm embraces Celtic sources rooted both in church and countryside, with excerpts from a 13th-century service surrounded by hymns, carols, folk tunes and dances… An affecting and exuberant gathering. From utter simplicity to heartfelt passion… Meredith Hall wraps her limpid soprano around every crucial word. As always, Sorrell has paid scrupulous attention to detail in shaping an experience in musical and theatrical terms.”
– THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 2011