Welcome to the 2016-2017 25th Anniversary Season!

“Apollo’s Fire under the direction of Sorrell has put Cleveland firmly on the period-performance map.”


Jeannette Sorrell | Debra-Lynn Hook
Jeannette Sorrell | Debra-Lynn Hook
25 years ago, Jeannette Sorrell had an obsession and a dream. The obsession was baroque music, as it was meant to be done – alive and full of emotional impact. The dream: a period-instrument orchestra in Northeast Ohio.

25 years ago, Apollo’s Fire “burst on the scene with dazzling style” (THE PLAIN DEALER). Four European tours and 24 CD releases later, Apollo’s Fire has played to sold-out crowds in New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Madrid, Bordeaux, the Tanglewood Festival and the BBC Proms in London…. But what we love most is bringing world-class performances to your doorstep – here in Northeast Ohio.

AF’s subscription programs have repeatedly been chosen by GRAMOPHONE and BBC MAGAZINE as among the “Top 20 concerts in North America.” Founding Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is hailed for her “inspired leadership” (THE INDEPENDENT, London) and “revelatory performances” (OPERA NEWS).

Join us this year for the party – all year long!

Passion. Period.

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2016-2017 Subscription Concerts
A season of drama and discovery

Last Night of Summer
A Countryside Celebration to Launch the 25th Anniversary Season
September 17

A festive evening to kick off the season! Champagne reception on the lawn, a 45-minute concert by Apollo’s Fire, and food & wine under a canopy – followed by dessert under the stars and a Barn Dance. With the AF musicians as your dance band, this will be an evening to remember!

Resplendent Purcell
October 6-9

Molly Netter & Amanda Powell, sopranos
Eric Brenner, countertenor
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Apollo’s Singers

Celebrate this Festival (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary)
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Highlights from King Arthur and Dido & Aeneas

The great Henry Purcell wrote his most majestic music for royal events at Westminster Abbey – from joyous birthday celebrations for the Queen to the heartbreakingly beautiful lamentations at her funeral. Vocal soloists, strings, lutes, recorders, trumpets, percussion, organ, and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers join in this sumptuous program.

Love in Venice: A Multicultural Fiesta
November 17-20

Erica Schuller & Amanda Powell, sopranos
Owen McIntosh, tenor
Olivier Brault, violin
Kathie Stewart, traverso

Venice – where East meets West. Arab traders mingled with German tourists, Jewish merchants, and Italian priests – including one named Antonio Vivaldi. Our fiesta includes Sephardic romances; dances by Jewish composer Salamone Rossi; Arab improvisations; orchestral fireworks by Vivaldi – the evocative “LaNotte” flute concerto and “Autumn” from The Four Seasons; and timeless love duets by Monteverdi, reminding us that Love knows no ethnic boundaries.

Handel’s Messiah
December 9-12 & 16

Meredith Hall, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone

Now an acclaimed CD, Jeannette Sorrell’s interpretation of Handel’s Messiah has inspired audiences across the country on many national radio broadcasts. Taking their cue from Handel’s original conception of the piece as theatrical entertainment, Sorrell and her actor-singers take the listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey. The program heads to New York City following local performances.

Virtuoso Bach: An Instrumental Extravaganza
February 16-20

Debra Nagy, oboe

AF players take turns in the spotlight for this evening of overflowing virtuosity. From J.S. Bach’s sunny Orchestral Suite No. 1 to the darkly brooding Oboe Concerto in G minor, to the sparkling and beloved Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 4… No one plays Bach like Apollo’s Fire!

An Irish-American Journey
Highlights from “Sugarloaf Mountain”
March 19

Jeannette Sorrell’s beloved program follows the journeys of the Irish immigrants who built new lives in the hills of Appalachia – bringing their music with them. One local performance only before the troupe heads out on tour, including the National Gallery in Washington!

Sacred Bach: A Spiritual Journey
March 23-26

Julian Wachner, guest conductor

Cantatas No. 36, 17 & 179 | Mass in G Major, BWV 236

Conductor Julian Wachner lives a life much like J.S. Bach – performing a different Bach cantata every week, at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. His deep immersion into Bach’s cantatas will produce an inspiring spiritual journey with Apollo’s Fire orchestra and soloists.

Apollo’s Fire 25th Anniversary Festival
Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered
April 27-30

Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Apollo’s Fire assembles 40 of the finest period-instrument specialists of North America for this event – a rare and revelatory opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments. Invite your friends from near and far for this weekend of intellectual discovery and joyous celebration!


First-time subscribers get an extra concert for FREE!


AF continues its “tour” of Northeast Ohio, bringing world-class concerts to your doorstep. New venues this season include:

  • Akron-Summit County Public Library
  • St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village


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“The Apollo’s Fire sound: point polished to a ravishing, satiny gloss.”
The Boston Globe

“Hugely gripping… delivered with superb energy and clarity – a wholly exhilarating evening.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“I can’t imagine a more superbly judged and also fresh experience of the composer… almost brought tears to the eyes.”
The Daily Telegraph, London (BBC Proms debut, 2015)

“A resplendent performance… magnificent.”
The New York Times

“Never think that classical music is boring. Never if it’s done as well as Apollo’s Fire does it.”

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)