Donor Spotlight: Bruce Raymer


Apollo's Fire Family Concert - 2023

Bruce Raymer recently moved from his lifelong home of Lincoln, Nebraska to be closer to family in Medina, and was delighted to find that Apollo’s Fire was based in Northeast Ohio. Bruce is a retired teacher, counselor, and administrator for the Lincoln Public Schools, and most recently retired YMCA Director, and is a baroque music enthusiast. His first introduction to Apollo’s Fire was hearing recordings on Nebraska Public Radio.

When Bruce moved to Ohio last summer, he found Apollo’s Fire concerts in Cleveland while listening to Ideastream. He attended his first performance of Apollo’s Fire live at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Cleveland Heights last fall and was hooked! Fire & Joy was particularly memorable for him. Bruce said of the program, “Bach and Vivaldi are two of my favorite composers and the new connections made between them at the concert were a revelation!”

Following a year of attending Apollo’s Fire concerts in Ohio, Bruce has made an incredible and generous challenge to our donor community – he is matching up to $10,000 in new and increased donations between now and the end of the fiscal year on July 31. His motivation is to both ensure that Apollo’s Fire continues to grow in Northeast Ohio, and to support increased outreach to nontraditional audiences, particularly young people.

Thanks to gifts from Bruce and others, the Apollo’s Fire Community Access Initiative is a strong pillar of the organization. During the 2023-2024 Season, over 9,000 students, young adults, families, and seniors were introduced to Apollo’s Fire through free and discounted ticket programs, and community performances.

Bruce said it best – “This absolute world-class gem of an ensemble should be known by all!”

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

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