26 concerts of 7 programs in venues across Northeast Ohio
The 2022-2023 Season
Sparks of Joy in a Fragmented World
Ohio’s GRAMMY-winning baroque orchestra invites you to a thought-provoking odyssey…
The Ancient Greeks knew that music has the power to move the emotions, heal the spirit, and help human beings connect in a troubled world. From the splendor of Monteverdi, to the soulful and resilient voices of migration and exile… to the joy of virtuosity in musical duels among friends…. we hope you will share our odyssey of artistic adventure.
Join us for our 31st season, and let’s create sparks of joy together – in the magic of live performance!
2022-2023 Subscription Programs
MONTEVERDI Vespers of 1610
October 8-9 & 14-15
In Person or At Home
The sensuous allure of the East and the structure of the West. They met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. Jeannette Sorrell leads chorus, strings, brass, lutes, and soloists in Monteverdi’s sumptuous masterpiece.
Saturday, October 8, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 9, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Friday, October 14, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Saturday, October 15, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
STORMS & TEMPESTS
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
The wild power of nature inspires this program of orchestral showpieces, including Vivaldi’s Tempesta di Mare (Storm at Sea) concerto featuring violinist Alan Choo; Marais’ tempest scene from Alcione; and gorgeous arias sung by Amanda Forsythe.
Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, November 11, 7:30pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
Saturday, November 12, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 13, 4:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
In Person or At Home
Sonya Headlam & Erica Schuller, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Edward Vogel, baritone
Sound the trumpet! Jeannette Sorrell, soloists, and chorus bring their nationally acclaimed interpretation of Messiah back home to Northeast Ohio. The singers become musical storytellers, bringing spirituality and theatricality to Handel’s richly layered masterpiece.
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm – Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Wednesday, December 7, 7:00pm – LAKEWOOD United Methodist
Thursday, December 8, 7:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Saturday, December 10, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 11, 5:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Muse of Fire
Alan Choo, violin & direction
Andréa Walker, soprano | Edward Vogel, baritone
A profound spirituality inspired many 17th-century composers to scale the heights of virtuosity. Alan Choo and 7 friends continue their exploration of Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary alongside sacred vocal works.
Thursday, February 2, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, February 3, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 4, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 5, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian
EXILE: Music of the Jewish & African Diasporas
March 8-10 & April 4
In Person or At Home
Expelled from their homes and scattered across the earth, exiled peoples have often found strength and resilience in their music. This new program from Jeannette Sorrell begins where “O Jerusalem!” ended – celebrating the interwoven connections of the Sephardic, Ashkenazy, Palestinian, and African traditions.
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm – The BATH Church UCC
Thursday, March 9, 7:30pm – The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Friday, March 10, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30pm – AVON LAKE UCC (Tour Send-Off Concert)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons rediscovered – Tour Send-Off Concert
Join us for a festive send-off (with champagne reception) as our musicians warm up their 2 programs for our European tour. – Or better yet, plan to come with us! London (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), and more…!
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered | Francisco Fullana, violin
Saturday, April 8, 7:30pm – Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
A Return to Bach’s Coffeehouse
A famous Leipzig coffeehouse in the 18th century was the scene of lively musical duels, as J.S. Bach led concerts featuring double-concertos. Our musical fencing matches include Bach’s Concerto for Oboe & Violin and Telemann’s Concerto for Flute & Recorder.
Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, May 12, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, May 13, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, May 14, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church