We miss you and hope you are well! In these uncertain times, I like to think that Apollo leads us through music to wellness. That’s because Apollo is the Greek god of music and healing. Music and healing… in the same deity? Yes. The ancient Greeks knew that music has the power to move the emotions and heal the spirit.
Throughout 2020-2021, we will follow Apollo along a journey from solitude to camaraderie… a pilgrimage to hope. Our musicians will likely begin the season standing 6 feet apart, but closer than ever in spirit. Through the voices of Purcell, Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, and more, we will travel a path of Resilience, Allure, Mystery, Elegance, Triumph, and Celebration.
Please join us in whatever way suits you best – in person or at home.
Wishing you health and inspiration,
Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
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RESILIENCE: Music for Troubled Times
Amanda Powell, soprano
London, 1665: A year-long plague held the city in its grip, but haunting folk ballads and laments of Dowland and Purcell wafted from the windows of empty streets. Two centuries later, outbreaks of cholera and dysentery could not prevent Americans – black and white – from singing in joyous harmony at the end of the Civil War. In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, we conjure up these two historic pandemics through music, diaries and poems as we celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. WE SHALL OVERCOME.
Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON [In Person Seats – SOLD OUT!]
Friday, October 9, 7:30pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS [In Person Seats – SOLD OUT!]
Saturday, October 10, 3:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, October 10, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS [In Person Seats – SOLD OUT!]
Sunday, October 11, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
ALLURE: The Three Amandas
Amanda Forsythe & Amanda Powell, sopranos | Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Long ago in the palace of Ferrara, three renowned ladies entertained princes with their astonishing musicianship. The “Tre Donne di Ferrara” (Three Ladies of Ferrara) were probably the first female professional musicians. Apollo’s Fire collaborates with three stunning Amandas in virtuoso trios written for the Ferrara ladies, alongside soulful songs by Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini and lively duets from Monteverdi’s playful Scherzi Musicali. Eight instrumentalists join in the fun with dances from the palace and the countryside.
Thursday, November 5, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, November 6, 7:30pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, November 7, 8:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Friday, November 13, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON, IL
These concerts are generously sponsored by AN ANONYMOUS DONOR
DELIGHT: A Fiddler’s Noël
December 12-13 & 19-21
Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Amanda Powell, soprano
Apollo’s Chamber Singers*
The Masked Fiddlers: Olivier Brault, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Alan Choo, Emi Tanabe
Apollo’s Fire welcomes the holidays with fiddle fireworks! Corelli’s famed Christmas Concerto for Two Violins highlights the first half, along with Heinrich Biber’s soulful violin sonata on The Annunciation (the Angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary) and selections from Handel’s Messiah. After intermission, the Masked Fiddlers lead a toe-tapping Christmas Barn Dance of traditional carols and fiddle tunes in the Irish and Appalachian traditions. Virtuosity explodes from all corners!
Note: The program may be performed without the Chamber Singers if social distancing is still in place in December.
Saturday, December 12, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 13, 4:00pm – St. Noel, WILLOUGHBY
Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON, IL
Saturday, December 19, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art
Sunday, December 20, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, December 21, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON
ELEGANCE: The Harper’s Voice
Virtuoso Harpists of the British Isles
Parker Ramsay, baroque harps & direction
with Amanda Powell, soprano
The harp was the voice of the marginalized peoples of the British Isles – Irish, Welsh, and Scots. Ireland’s legendary blind harper, Turlough O’Carolan, was one of several great harpers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Today’s young virtuoso harpist, Parker Ramsay, weaves their stories and their music into an evening of intimate artistry. Six Apollo’s Fire musicians on violins, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, and plucked instruments join in the sparkling music of O’Carolan, Purcell, William Lawes, and Handel.
Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, February 19, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 20, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 21, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
TRIUMPH: Handel’s Israel in Egypt
A Dramatic Oratorio
Adaptation by Jeannette Sorrell
We welcome Passover and Easter with the return of Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Jeannette Sorrell’s acclaimed adaption. In addition to being a colorful showpiece for the virtuoso players and chorus of Apollo’s Fire, the work is a gripping emotional journey – from the haunting Lamentations of the Israelites on the Death of Joseph, to the plagues of frogs, locusts, hailstones, and more… to the triumph of the crossing of the Red Sea.
“The musicians navigated Handel’s various musical depictions with exhilarating abandon, which Sorrell harnessed wonderfully.”
– THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Note: If social distancing is still in place in March, this program will be replaced by a smaller program featuring Old Testament and/or Jewish music.
Thursday, March 18, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON
Friday, March 19, 7:30pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
Saturday March 20, 8:00pm – The Temple–Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Sunday, March 21, 4:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
CELEBRATION: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered
April 9-12 & 17-18
with projected images in some venues
Our season-long pilgrimage to wellness ends with an exuberant celebration of Nature. If you thought you knew Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises. Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell bring these beloved concertos to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be – a vivid and joyful depiction of traditional life in the Italian countryside. The program also features dueling cellists in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos.
Friday, April 9, 7:30pm – St. Noel, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
Saturday, April 10, 8:00pm – Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Sunday, April 11, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
Monday, April 12, 7:30pm – The BATH Church, UCC
Saturday, April 17, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Institute of Music
Sunday, April 18, 4:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art
Thursday, April 22, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON, IL
Friday, April 23, 7:30pm – DePaul University, LINCOLN PARK, IL
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