Brian Kay, plucked instruments, vocals & guest co-director
Amanda Powell, soprano vocals & guest co-director
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle | Daphna Mor, ney & recorder
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer | Dave Morgan, double bass
Rex Benincasa, percussion
The waters of the Mediterranean carried ancient traders from Spain and Italy to Greece, North Africa and the Middle East. Their songs, dances, love stories and laments went with them. Guest co-directors Amanda Powell and Brian Kay lead a colorful ensemble of exotic winds and percussion, fiddle, and hammered dulcimer in this program celebrating shared multicultural traditions.
Olivier Brault, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Alan Choo, violin
René Schiffer, Mimé Brinkmann, cello
Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell present Vivaldi’s beloved concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be – bringing Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions to life. If you thought you knew the Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises! The program also features duelling cellists René Schiffer and Mimé Brinkmann in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos. Hear why Jeannette calls Vivaldi the “rock n’ roll composer of the 18th century!” Apollo’s Fire brings this program to 2 prestigious festivals – Tanglewood on July 5 and Ravinia on July 27. But you can catch them in Northeast Ohio!
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Julie Andrijeski & Johanna Novom, violin | Karina Schmitz, viola
René Schiffer, cello | Williams Simms & Brian Kay, lute
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor & harpsichord
Orpheus, the tragic hero who lost his beloved Euridice, was the inspiration for many Italian composers of the 17th century. Favorite tenor Karim Sulayman is joined by Apollo’s Fire instrumentalists on strings and lutes for poignant songs of love and loss by Monteverdi, Caccini, and their contemporaries.