Announcing the 2017-18 Season!

Season no. 26 – Celebrating a Season of Joyous Discovery

A Message from the Artistic Director

This season, music leads us out of darkness into light. We open with the Cleveland premiere of Handel’s masterpiece, Israel in Egypt. The epic tale of the escape from Egypt is as gripping as the old Charlton Heston movie. From there, we pass through love and loss, arriving at the toe-tapping spirituals of a Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. In February, dueling virtuoso soloists make way for enchanting soprano Amanda Forsythe in J.S. Bach’s serene Wedding Cantata. Then Carnegie Hall awaits in March as we make our debut with plenty of instrumental virtuosity – but first sharing the program with our beloved local audience.

The season culminates with Monteverdi’s landmark opera L’ORFEO (Orpheus in the Underworld), where the great singer leads his beloved out of Hades – almost. Our semi-staged production with dancers and projected scenery will strive to lead us all to a magical place – a place where artistic inspiration shines through the darkness.

Come with us on the journey!

–Jeannette Sorrell



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NEW THIS YEAR!
COMMUNITY ACCESS INITIATIVE
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.

SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAMS

Program #1:
Handel’s Israel in Egypt | A Dramatic Oratorio
October 12-15, 2017

Erica Schuller, soprano | Daniel Moody, countertenor | Ross Hauck, tenor | Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Apollo’s Singers

From plagues and pyramids to the crossing of the Red Sea… the gripping story of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt comes to life with reverence and triumph through Handel’s sumptuous music.

Adaptation by Jeannette Sorrell, runs 2 hrs.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017, 7:30PM | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017, 8:00PM | First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017, 8:00PM | The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017, 4:00PM | AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

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Program #2:
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover | Nicholas Phan and Friends Perform “A Painted Tale”
November 9-12, 2017

Nicholas Phan, tenor & guest director

The tenor who won the hearts of AF audiences as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion returns in this intimate program of love and loss – through the lute songs of Dowland, Morley and Purcell. Six Apollo’s Fire musicians on strings and lutes help to paint the tale.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:30PM | First United Methodist Church, AKRON
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017, 8:00PM | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017, 8:00PM | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017, 4:00PM | ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

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Program #3:
Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain | An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
December 2-3 & 8-10, 2017

Amanda Powell, soprano | Ross Hauck, tenor
Apollo’s Singers

In this new program created by Jeannette Sorrell, the beloved troupe from the Sugarloaf Mountain summer program joins a wider cast with chorus, children’s voices, and additional instruments to celebrate the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From the mystical Gregorian chant of old Scotland to folk carols and shape-note hymns at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Appalachia… the people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017, 7:30PM | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:00PM | St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017, 8:00PM | CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017, 8:00PM | First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017, 4:00PM | St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

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Program #4:
Three Duels and a Wedding
February 8-11, 2018

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Debra Nagy, oboe
Karina Schmitz & Kristen Linfante, violas

Renowned soprano Amanda Forsythe, now a Billboard Classical best-selling artist, returns to sing the beloved Wedding Cantata of J.S. Bach. AF musicians set sparks flying with three dueling double-concertos: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 6, his Concerto for Violin & Oboe, and Telemann’s Concerto for Flute & Violin.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018, 7:30PM | First United Methodist Church, AKRON
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018, 8:00PM | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018, 8:00PM | The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018, 4:00PM | ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

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Program #5:
Bach’s Coffeehouse Orchestra
Carnegie Hall Send-off Concerts!
March 16-18, 2018

Olivier Brault, violin | Kathie Stewart, traverso | Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord

Apollo’s Fire gears up for its Carnegie Hall debut with music that J.S. Bach performed at his favorite coffeehouse in Leipzig. The program includes Brandenburg Concertos no. 4 and 5, Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”), and more! Fiery strings, colorful recorders and a dizzying harpsichord solo… a memorable evening!

Also catch this program at Carnegie Hall (NYC) and Boston! see AF’s complete touring schedule…

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018, 8:00PM | CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018, 8:00PM | FAIRLAWN Lutheran
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018, 4:00PM | AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

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Program #6:
Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Orpheus in the Underworld)
Semi-staged opera production
April 13-14 & 18, 2018

Karim Sulayman, Orfeo | Erica Schuller, Euridice & La Musica | Amanda Powell, Messagiera & Proserpina
Mischa Bouvier, Plutone | Jonathan Woody, Caronte
Apollo’s Singers

The ancient myth of the singer Orpheus, who storms the gates of hell to rescue his beloved, still rings true today. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo was the groundbreaking operatic achievement of the 17th century. It receives impassioned treatment by Jeannette Sorrell and her hand-picked company of artists and dancers in this semi-staged production.

Also catch this program in
Ann Arbor, San Francisco (Berkeley), and Sonoma! see AF’s complete touring schedule…

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018, 8:00PM | CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018, 8:00PM | CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018, 7:30PM | St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

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Plus…


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

– Free outreach events at the Akron Art Museum, sponsored by the Knight Foundation

– Interactive programs for ages 6-96

– A new series of introductory lecture-demos in Cleveland


Questions? Call Apollo’s Fire at 216.320.0012 for more information.

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