2021-2022 Season Overview

The 30th Anniversary Season: A Journey of Discovery

“Superb energy… an exhilarating evening”
– San Francisco Chronicle

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2021-22 Subscription Programs

28 concerts of 7 programs, brought to your doorstep at venues around Northeast Ohio!

Program #1:
Vivaldi’s FOUR SEASONS rediscovered
October 21-25

Francisco Fullana, violin – Four Seasons
Alan Choo & Emi Tanabe, violin – La Folia
René Schiffer & Sarah Stone, cello – Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto

Apollo’s Fire launches the 30th Anniversary Season with a splash! Not your mother’s Four Seasons…. Jeannette Sorrell and Francisco Fullana become musical storytellers – celebrating along with the 18th-century Italian peasants, whose joys and sorrows Vivaldi described so vividly. Dueling cellists evoke Vivaldi’s rock-n’-roll personality in the stormy Concerto for Two Cellos. The party ends in exuberant madness when the group whips up Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).

“Sorrell’s vivid approach makes these familiar works seem freshly minted, full of astonishing incident. Exhilarating… the tension exploded in the final squall.”

Thursday, October 21, 7:30pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Friday, October 22, 7:30pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art*

Saturday, October 23, 8:00pm – BATH United Church of Christ

Sunday, October 24, 4:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art*

Monday, October 25, 7:30pm – St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS

*with projected images

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

with additional support from Glenmede

Special thanks to Compact Disc Sponsor: Mr. Robert Conrad

Program #2:
Tracing the Path from Biber to Bach

November 11-14

Alan Choo, violin & co-director
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord & co-director
Rebecca Myers, soprano
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano

Inspired by the early baroque tradition of Stylus fantasticus (the “fantastic style”), J.S. Bach and his predecessors infused their music with virtuosity and daring improvisation. Alan Choo, Jeannette Sorrell, and 8 friends on strings and plucked instruments trace the path of composers who influenced Bach – including Buxtehude, Biber, Pachelbel, Weiss, Reinken, and Pergolesi – and present Bach’s own glowing transcriptions of works by these colleagues.

Thursday, November 11, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON

Friday, November 12, 7:30pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

Saturday, November 13, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Sunday, November 14, 4:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Program #3:
Handel’s MESSIAH
December 8-12

Nicholas McGegan, guest conductor
Erica Schuller, soprano
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Hadleigh Adams, baritone

The trumpet shall sound! Apollo’s Fire welcomes renowned British conductor Nicholas McGegan, who loves nothing more than Handel. This delightful Handel expert leads the virtuoso musicians of Apollo’s Fire, Apollo’s Singers, and four soloists in Handel’s beloved holiday classic.

Wednesday, December 8, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON

Thursday, December 9, 7:30pm – Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS

Friday, December 10, 7:30pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art

Saturday, December 11, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Sunday, December 12, 3:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Program #4:
A Celebration of Brotherhood & Sisterhood

February 4-6

Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Kristine Caswelch & Ashlee Foreman, sopranos
Reggie Mobley, countertenor
Jacob Perry, tenor
Jonathan Woody, bass
with AF instrumentalists and the Musettes Ensemble (youth chorus)

Back by popular demand! This uplifting program by Jeannette Sorrell premiered in May 2021 and now returns in an expanded version. Monteverdi’s beautiful Nigra Sum (I am Black & Beautiful) from the Vespers of 1610 meets a stunning 2019 composition of the same title by Black composer Jonathan Woody. Renowned countertenor Reggie Mobley shares tales of his childhood growing up Black (and beautiful) in the Deep South. A suite by Joseph Bologne (known as “The Black Mozart” in the 18th century) leads to Civil War-era spirituals. The Apollo’s Musettes (youth choir) join AF musicians and soloists in this celebration of our shared humanity.

Friday, February 4, 7:30pm – TBA, CLEVELAND

Saturday, February 5, 3:00pm – Arlington Church of God, AKRON

Saturday, February 5, 8:00pm – Arlington Church of God, AKRON

Sunday, February 6, 4:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)

Program #5:
A Dramatic Oratorio

Adaptation by J. Sorrell
February 17-20

Margaret Carpenter Haigh & Molly Netter, sopranos
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Jacob Perry, tenor
Edward Vogel, baritone

Premiered in 2017, Jeannette Sorrell’s new adaption of Handel’s neglected oratorio has won rave reviews. 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 plagues and pyramids to the crossing of the Red Sea… The Israelites’ daring escape from Egypt comes to life with reverence and triumph through Handel’s sumptuous music.

Adaptation by Jeannette Sorrell, runs 2 hrs.

“Presented with a sense of theatre as Handel intended… scintillating and superb.”

Thursday, February 17, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON

Friday, February 18, 7:30pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Saturday, February 19, 8:00pm – The Temple Tifereth-Israel, BEACHWOOD

Sunday, February 20, 7:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS


Generously sponsored by Karen & Richard Spector

Program #6:
March 18-22

Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell set sparks flying in this program that heads to Carnegie Hall following local performances. In Vivaldi’s fiery Concerto for Two Cellos, cellists René Schiffer and Mimé Brinkmann show why AF thinks of Vivaldi as the “rock-n-roll composer of the 18th century”. The program includes Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, selections from the Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D, and the Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins, featuring Olivier Brault and Alan Choo. On March 18 and 22, violinist Francisco Fullana joins the fun with Bach’s Violin Concerto in D Minor.

Friday, March 18, 7:30pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Saturday, March 19, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Institute of Music

Sunday, March 20, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm – BATH United Church of Christ

Program #7: 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert
MOZART and the Chevalier
May 6-8

Francisco Fullana, violin
Sonya Headlam, soprano

MOZART Don Giovanni Overture
BOLOGNE Aria from L’Amant anonyme
MOZART Selections from Exsultate, Jubilate
BOLOGNE Violin Concerto
MOZART Symphony no. 41, Jupiter

One was called “Mozart,” the other was called “Le Mozart Noir” (The Black Mozart). Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was as renowned in the 18th century as his slightly younger Viennese colleague. The son of an African slave and her white master, he was educated in France and became a beloved violin soloist, conductor, composer, champion fencing master, and hero of the French Revolution. The rare chance to hear his music alongside Mozart’s glorious “Jupiter” Symphony is revelatory and thought-provoking.

Friday, May 6, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON

Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm – SEVERANCE HALL, CLEVELAND

Sunday, May 8, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Supported in part by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Stay tuned for info on the Baroque Bistros and NEW Community Symposiums!

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