Announcing the 2018-19 Season!

Apollo’s Fire celebrates its 27th season, bringing world-class performances to Northeast Ohio

Apollo’s Fire at Carnegie Hall (Zankel)

Highlights include:

  • 7 Subscription programs
  • Subscribers can choose 4, 5, 6, or 7 concerts
  • NEW! Baroque Bistro series at popular restaurants
  • Plus… Catch AF around the world! Touring to a dozen cities including New York City (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Florida, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.
  • The COMMUNITY ACCESS INITIATIVE continues!
    Share the Music, Share the Love
  • $12 Presto Seats to all subscription concerts*
  • Free Student Rush Tickets, day of show
  • Family Concerts are free! (interactive 45-min. programs for ages 6-96)
     
    *Presto Seats go on sale beginning three weeks prior to each concert. Only a limited number of Presto Seats will be made available – ORDER EARLY! Tickets may only be purchased by calling the Box Office at 216.320.0012 x 1, and assigned seating will be designated by Apollo’s Fire in the B or C price sections; requests for specific seats are not eligible for the discounted rate. Tickets will be held at the door. Patrons are limited to two (2) Presto Seats per event. All sales are final, and Presto Seats may not be exchanged.

Watch for your season brochure in the mail later this month! Call the box office at 216.320.0012 for more information. Subscriptions and single tickets can be ordered by phone beginning Tuesday, July 10.

2018-2019 Subscription Concerts

Program #1:
Magnificent MOZART
October 12-14

Symphony no. 40 in G Minor and the joyous Ballet Music from Idomeneo – a rare chance to hear Mozart’s symphonic splendor with the sparkling clarity of period instruments.

Friday, October 12, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner)
Saturday, October 13, 8:00pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Sunday, October 14, 4:00pm – CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas)

Program #2
O JERUSALEM! Crossroads of Three Faiths
November 10-18

Amanda Powell, soprano
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Apollo’s Singers

“The place where brothers and strangers are one…”
Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th-c. Persian poet

A new creative program from Jeannette Sorrell, in the spirit of AF’s much acclaimed “Sephardic Journey” program. Through music and poetry, this is a “tour” of the 4 quarters of Jerusalem – Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian/Byzantine. The company of 26 performers, including musicians of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds, raise their voices in a celebration of brotherhood and sisterhood.

Saturday, November 10, 8:00pm – The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Monday, November 12, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Friday, November 16, 8:00pm – FAIRLAWN Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 17, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas)
Sunday, November 18, 4:00pm – AVON LAKE Church, UCC

Program #3:
Handel’s MESSIAH
December 1-3

Amanda Powell, soprano
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Ross Hauck, tenor
David McFerrin, baritone
Apollo’s Singers

Praised on both sides of the Atlantic for their “visionary” approach, Jeannette Sorrell and her actor-singers take Handel’s masterpiece back to its roots as a theatrical and spiritual journey. A holiday tradition!

Saturday, December 1, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 2, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, December 3, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON

NEW!  Mini-Matinée Performance (1 hr)  – A sampler of your favorite Messiah highlights
Saturday, December 1, 3:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Program #4:
CHRISTMAS on Sugarloaf Mountain – An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
December 7-14

Amanda Powell, soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
with Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Apollo’s Singers & Apollo’s Musettes

“Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.” – SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL, 2017

The program that premiered in 5 sold-out concerts last year returns in a new and revised version. Fiddlers, bagpipes, singers, and a whistle-playing dancer join with children’s voices to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.

Friday, December 7, 8:00pm – St. Noel Church, WILLOUGHBY
Saturday, December 8, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 9, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, December 10, 7:30pm – The BATH Church, UCC
Friday, December 14, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner)

NEW! Mini-Matinée Performance (1 hr) – A sampler of your favorite Sugarloaf highlights
Saturday, December 8, 3:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Program #5:
Biber’s MYSTERY SONATAS
(Chamber Concert)
January 31-February 3

Heinrich Biber’s Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary are among the great and neglected masterpieces of music history. Apollo’s Fire favorite violinists take turns in the spotlight along with theorbos and organ. An evening full of virtuosity as well as haunting spirituality.

Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, February 1, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 2, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 3, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

Program #6:
THREE DUELS and a Funeral
March 7-10

This sequel to last year’s hit program, “Three Duels and a Wedding,” takes a darker turn… sort of. Sparks fly as pairs of virtuoso soloists square off in dueling quadruple-concertos of Vivaldi, as well as the exhilarating Brandenburg Concerto no. 3. Telemann’s zany Funeral Cantata for a Dead Canary, delivered with tragic-comic aplomb by singer-actor Jeffrey Strauss, will leave you in tears… of laughter.

Thursday, March 7, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, March 8, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, March 9, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, March 10, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

Program #7:
Bach’s B MINOR MASS & Palm Sunday Mini-festival
April 12-15

Amanda Powell, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Jacob Perry, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Apollo’s Singers

J.S. Bach’s sumptuous masterpiece finally comes to the AF stage! – complete with trumpets, flutes, oboes, strings, chorus, and soloists.

MAINSTAGE CONCERTS:

Friday, April 12, 8:00pm – *Baldwin-Wallace University (Gamble)
Saturday, April 13, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, April 14, 4:30pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, April 15, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON

*Co-presented by the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival

CONCURRENT EVENTS:

Pre-Concert Talks with a visiting scholar are held 1 hour before each performance of the B Minor Mass.

FAMILY CONCERTS “Bach & his Amazing Musical Family” Interactive Programs for ages 6-96!
Saturday, April 6, 3:00pm – AKRON Art Museum
Sunday, April 7, 2:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art

FILM SCREENING “The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach”
Legendary harpsichordist Gustav Leonhard portrays J.S. Bach in this 1968 classic.
Tuesday, April 9, 1:45pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Lecture Hall)
Tickets & Info at 216.421.7350

PUBLIC MASTERCLASS
AF musicians coach conservatory students from CIM, Oberlin, and Baldwin-Wallace. [Free]
Saturday, April 13, 2:30pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Followed at 4:15pm by coffee & conversation with the Artists & Students.

“BRUNCH WITH BACH”
Violinist Olivier Brault and cellist René Schiffer each perform selections from the great unaccompanied suites. Jeannette Sorrell joins the Q&A discussion.
Sunday, April 14, 12:30pm – Nighttown Restaurant, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Come at 11:30am or 12:00pm to begin dining. $30 cover charge includes a glass of champagne.

Plus…


– Meet-the-artists receptions with drinks and light desserts

– Interactive programs for ages 6-96

– Casual 75-minute concerts at popular restaurants, featuring AF’s Artist-in-Residence for Outreach Performances, Amanda Powell

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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