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Apollo’s Fire ends the season in an explosion of virtuoso fireworks. Bach’s famously fiery Concerto in D Minor is usually heard on keyboard, but was originally intended for violin (and is even better that way!) Acclaimed soprano Amanda Forsythe returns for AF’s first-ever performance of Bach’s sparkling “Jauchzet” cantata, featuring dazzling coloratura for soprano and trumpet. The AF strings take the spotlight in the beloved Brandenburg Concerto no. 3.
In 1600, the Italian Jews enlivened Italy with a vibrant mix of Sephardic and Ashkenazi musical traditions. In Venice and Mantua, Jewish and Catholic composers worked side by side and influenced each other. Hebrew chants and baroque settings of the Psalms meet instrumental virtuosity – including a sparkling Sammartini concerto featuring Israeli recorder virtuoso Daphna Mor.
Today’s young harpist troubadour, Anna O’Connell, sings and accompanies herself on the harp in the manner of the old Celtic harpists with six Apollo’s Fire musicians on violins, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, and lutes in sparkling music by O’Carolan, Dowland, and Purcell, along with Scottish and Irish folk songs.
The people of the mountain raise their voices in LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.
“Riveting… the lightning strike of genius.” – Seen & Heard International (UK)
“Sizzling Allure in the early Baroque… spellbinding. Celebrating the work of pioneering female professional musicians in a battle against a male-dominated profession that is still going on today with Sorrell as one of the world leaders.” “ – Seen & Heard International (UK)
“A tour-de-force…captivating. The takeaway is a message of hope, a celebration of humanity’s ability to endure.” – Cleveland.com
“A voyage of faith for the 21st century… delivered with urgency, polish, and flair. To hear an ensemble at the peak of their powers, making vital statements about the world, is a privilege.” – Seen & Heard International (UK)
New documentary film by two-time Academy Award® winning director Allan Miller features Apollo’s Fire
PLAYING WITH FIRE: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting
Premiered in October 2019 at Cinema Village in New York City
WINNER: Best US Documentary, Chagrin Documentary Film Fest (October 2020)
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“Apollo’s Fire, the lauded group from Cleveland,
brings joyous spontaneity to its performances.”
–THE NEW YORKER
News & Features
THE IRISH TIMES chooses AF’s Dublin concert as the Pick of the Week — “This week’s best traditional music gigs…”
Sold-out at Tanglewood for the 2nd time!
Read the reviews.
THE NEW YORKER picks Apollo’s Fire as one of the “highlights” of Tanglewood’s first 2 weeks.
THE PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER picks Apollo’s Fire as one of the “15 orchestral treats this summer.”
THE HUFFINGTON POST picks its highlights of Tanglewood’s summer… “Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s enduring Baroque orchestra, led by the indomitable harpsichordist and conductor Jeanette Sorrell.”
OBERLIN MAGAZINE features Jeannette Sorrell and her “Lasting Affekt” on the early music scene.
Jeannette Sorrell wins Cleveland Arts Prize (Mid-Career Award)
Read the Plain Dealer article here.
What the critics are saying…
“Apollo’s Fire under the direction of Sorrell has put Cleveland firmly on the period-performance map.”
–THE NEW YORKER
“Superlative music-making…. combining European stylishness and American can-do entrepreneurialism.”
–THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, LONDON (“Best 5 Classical Concerts of the Year”)
“Never again even think that ‘classical music’ is boring. Never if it’s done as well as Apollo’s Fire does it.”
“The Apollo’s Fire sound… early-music straight-tone point-polished to a ravishing, satiny gloss.”
–THE BOSTON GLOBE