AF just returned from our 6th International Tour
“Apollo’s Fire never sacrificed their impeccable intonation…their playing was full of vigour and alertness.”
“Rapturously performed… a potent reminder that, for many, estrangement from one’s homeland is not a thing of the past.”
– MUSICAL AMERICA
“When you attend an Apollo’s Fire concert, you know you’re in for a party… a dazzling array of colors and dynamics.”
– CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
The GRAMMY®-winning baroque orchestra in residence in Ohio and Chicago
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
WINNER: Best US Documentary, Chagrin Documentary Film Fest (October 2020)
“Apollo’s Fire, the lauded group from Cleveland,
brings joyous spontaneity to its performances.”
–THE NEW YORKER
News & Features
“The Philadelphia Orchestra performed its freshest Messiah in years… The catalyst was guest conductor Jeannette Sorrell, well known in early-music circles mainly through the Cleveland-based but ever-mobile Apollo’s Fire, which is a significant presence in Chicago, New York and elsewhere. The conductor’s commitment to the score yielded… significant revelations.” – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Dec. 2022 (David Patrick Stearns)
BBC Magazine chooses Apollo’s Fire’s CD recording of the Monteverdi Vespers for their “30 Must-Have Recordings of Our Lifetime” (Sept. 2022)
“Stunningly different from the norm. Sorrell knows that ‘authentic performances’ do not guarantee ‘authentic experiences…’ The real understanding of style is everywhere. We feel the ricochet from the very stones of Monteverdi’s church.” READ MORE
Jeannette and Apollo’s Singers made a triumphant debut with the New York Philharmonic
“A splendid performance… It’s difficult for a Messiah performance to stand out, but this one did. Jeannette Sorrell guided a lithe, glowing and elegant performance.. Wonderful vitality… Spirited choruses, sung with rich, robust sound and crisp diction by Apollo’s Singers.” – NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 2021
“A distinguished performance by the New York Philharmonic under Jeannette Sorrell…. The founder of Cleveland’s estimable Apollo’s Fire, Sorrell led a confident, fluid, and (by design) theatrical performance. But the performance’s real trump card was the presence of Apollo’s Singers… fresh tone, spot-on intonation, and excellent ensemble.” – CLASSICAL VOICE NORTH AMERICA (Journal of the Music Critics Association of North America), Dec. 2021
Apollo’s Fire wins Grammy® Award, shared with Karim Sulayman and Jeannette Sorrell.
Read the article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer or watch the video from the Grammy® awards
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.
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