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The 2019-2020 Season!

Apollo’s Fire celebrates its 28th season, bringing world-class performances to Northeast Ohio

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  • THE BACH PROJECT | Mini-Concerts (Mostly Matinées)
    Lively 1-hour concerts followed by Q&A with the artists.


  • AF returns to SEVERANCE HALL!
    April 3 – St. Matthew Passion
    Fun & casual restaurant performances
  • $12 Presto Seats* and FREE Student Rush Tickets
    *Presto Seats go on sale beginning three weeks prior to each concert. Limited availability. Click here for details and ordering information.

2019-2020 Subscription Concerts

Program #1:
October 17-20

Amanda Powell & Raha Mirzadegan, soprano
Jacob Perry, tenor | Apollo’s Singers
with the Dark Horse Consort (early brass ensemble)
Around 1600, the stones of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice echoed as composers placed groups of brass instruments, strings, lutes, and singers in different parts of the church. Apollo’s Fire brass players take the spotlight in the stunning music of Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Praetorius, and Schütz.
Thursday, October 17, 7:30pm – The BATH Church, UCC
Friday, October 18, 8:00pm – Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND
Saturday, October 19, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 20, 4:00pm – AVON LAKE Church UCC

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Program #2:
SCARBOROUGH FAYRE Music from Merry Old England
November 21-24

Amanda Powell, soprano
Brian Kay & Peter Walker, plucked instruments & vocals
Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin
Kathie Stewart, flutes
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer

Simon and Garfunkel knew a great tune when they found one, even if it came from the Renaissance. In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, ten musicians encounter the joys and sorrows of daily life among the royals and the peasants. The exquisite music of Dowland and Purcell meets haunting English ballads and merry tunes from Shakespeare’s stage.
Thursday, November 21, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, November 22, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, November 23, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
Sunday, November 24, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

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Program #3:
BACH Christmas Oratorio
December 11-15

Julian Wachner, guest conductor
Molly Netter, soprano | Daniel Moody, countertenor
Steven Soph, tenor | Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Apollo’s Singers
Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio is a feast of orchestral colors, with trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings. Guest conductor Julian Wachner, along with concertmaster Olivier Brault, leads Parts 1, 2, 5 & 6 of the oratorio.
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm – St. Noel Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
Thursday, December 12, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON
Friday, December 13, 8:00pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art, Gartner Auditorium
Saturday, December 14, 8:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 15, 4:00pm – St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

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Program #4:
L’AMORE An Old Italian Valentine
February 13-16

Erica Schuller, soprano | Olivier Brault, violin
with Adriane Post & Carrie Krause, violins
Apollo’s Fire celebrates Valentine’s Day with love songs, fire, and flirtation in this Italian music-party with Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Olivier Brault alternately courts violinists Adriane Post and Carrie Krause in Vivaldi concertos for two and three violins, with strings, lute, and guitar. Monteverdi provides love duets and playful tiffs from the Scherzi Musicali.
Thursday, February 13, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, February 14, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 15, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 16, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

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Program #5:
O JERUSALEM! Crossroads of Three Faiths
March 5-11

Amanda Powell & Raha Mirzadegan, sopranos
Sorab Wadia & Jacob Perry, tenors
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone | Daphna Mor, winds
Apollo’s Singers
“The place where brothers and strangers are one…”
Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th-c. Persian poet

Premiered last year to sold-out crowds, Jeannette Sorrell’s evocation of Old Jerusalem blends music and poetry from the Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian quarters of the Old City. Selections from Monteverdi’s great Vespers of 1610 echo the rapturous singing of the Jewish cantors in the temples. Medieval harp, oud, and exotic percussion blend with Arabic love songs and Sephardic ballads. The performers, including musicians of Jewish, Palestinian, Persian, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds, join in celebration of brotherhood and sisterhood.
Thursday, March 5, 7:30pm – AVON LAKE Church UCC*
Monday, March 9, 7:30pm – FAIRLAWN Lutheran
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30pm – The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm – CLEVELAND Museum of Art, Gartner Auditorium*

*with projected images
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Program #6:
BACH St. Matthew Passion [CANCELLED]
April 1-4

Nicholas Phan, Evangelist | Theo Hoffman, Jesus
Jeffrey Strauss, Pilate | Carine Tinney, soprano
Daniel Moody, tenor | Tyler Duncan, baritone
Bach’s resplendent masterpiece is rarely performed live, due to the extraordinary forces required: 2 orchestras, 2 choirs, soloists, and children’s choir. Jeannette Sorrell leads a dramatic presentation, with singers performing from memory in the character roles. Bach’s resounding sense of community envelopes the performance as the audience joins in singing the chorales – just as Bach’s congregation did nearly 300 years ago.
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00pm – St. Christopher’s Parish, ROCKY RIVER
Friday, April 3, 7:30pm – SEVERANCE HALL, CLEVELAND
Saturday, April 4, 7:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, AKRON

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Program #7:
April 30 – May 3

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Olivier Brault, violin | Steve Marquardt, trumpet
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord
Bach | Brandenburg Concertos nos. 4 and 5
Telemann | Concerto for Flute and Recorder
Bach | Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Sparks fly as Apollo’s Fire soloists take turns stepping into the virtuoso spotlight. The dazzling soprano Amanda Forsythe joins virtuoso trumpeter Steve Marquardt for Bach’s exhilarating cantata, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen – a Northeast Ohio period-instrument premiere!
Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm – First United Methodist, AKRON
Friday, May 1, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm – St. Paul’s Episcopal, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, May 3, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian

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– 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 & AF’s Artistic Leadership Fellow, Brian Kay

– Concerts for the curious! Each program features masterworks by J.S. Bach in an inviting, compact 60-70 minute performance.

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