CHRISTMAS on Sugarloaf Mountain
An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
December 7December 14, 2018
The program that premiered in 5 sold-out concerts last year returns in a lively new version. Fiddlers, singers, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, and a whistle-playing dancer join with children’s voices to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.
“Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.”
– Seen & Heard International, 2017
PRE-CONCERT TALK with musicians Brian Kay & Luke Conklin, 1 hr. before each concert. FREE!

CD RELEASE PARTY! FRIDAY (12/7) NIGHT! Join the performers young and old to celebrate, with hot cider and gingerbread. FREE!

[box]NEW! Mini-Matinée: 1-hr version
Saturday, December 8, 3:00pm – First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Your favorite highlights – great for the whole family!
Tickets $15-38; Young Adults (under 40) $10
Students $10 in advance, FREE at the door.

Hear the Music

1. Duan Nollaig – Gaelic Carol
from Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas

2. What ye what I got
from Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas

3. Farewell to Ireland/Highlander’s Farewell
from Sugarloaf Mountain

Watch Video

1. Nowell Tidings Trew (from Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas)
featuring Amanda Powell & Jeffrey Strauss

2. Glory in the Meeting House (from Sugarloaf Mountain)
featuring Susanna Perry Gilmore, Tina Bergmann, and Kathie Stewart

Meet the Artists

    soprano vocals
    tenor vocals

These concerts are generously sponsored by
Marilyn & Tom McLaughlin

Friday, December 7, 2018, 8:00PM
St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
FREE Afterglow!
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 3:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
NEW! Mini-Matinée Performance (1 hr)
Sample your favorite Sugarloaf highlights!
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Amanda Powell,soprano
Ross Hauck,tenor
and Apollo’s Singers & Apollo’s Musettes
Snow in New Hampshire, (oil on canvas), Thieme, Anthony (1889-1954) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

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

soprano vocals

has been praised as “the star of the evening” (Seen and Heard International, UK) and “charismatic and theatrically arresting” (San Francisco Chronicle). A highly versatile musician, she is at home in repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart to Ravel, and has toured internationally as soloist in baroque opera, oratorio, and crossover folk programs. Her tour performances with GRAMMY®-winning baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire (Jeannette Sorrell) include such venues as the National Concert Hall of Ireland in Dublin, the Irish National Opera House, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, and Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco, among others. Her 2019 debut as Messiah soloist with the Calgary Symphony won kudos as “the soloist of the night… singing to perfection.”

As a recording artist, Ms Powell has been featured on several Apollo’s Fire albums including Sugarloaf Mountain, Sephardic Journey, and Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain, all of which received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and debuted in the top ten on the BILLBOARD Classical Chart. Her 2015 solo debut album, Beyond Boundaries, is an intimate program of folk, jazz, and global music. She is a fluent improvisor and has collaborated with such artists as Bobby McFerrin and Sheila Jordan.


tenor vocals

grew up in Ohio, but currently lives in Seattle with his wife and four children. He specializes in early music, sacred oratorio, and premieres of new works. A regular with Apollo’s Fire, Mr. Hauck has been heard as a soloist in Messiah, as Tamino in The Magic Flute, and as Johnny in the Come to the River tour, as well as being featured in the 2012 and 2013 Irish Countryside Concerts and  Sugarloaf Mountain. He has sung with the symphonies of Seattle, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Baltimore, Portland, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, and the National Symphony. An alumnus of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he undertook further training at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Festivals and at the Wolf Trap Opera Company. He can be heard on the AVIE label on the Apollo’s Fire recording of Messiah and on the Naxos label in the world premiere of the song cycle Vedem by Lori Laitman. He is also a cellist and serves as a professor of voice on the faculty of Seattle University. He frequently programs sacred concerts for churches and Christian universities, and leads an arts ministry at his church in the Northwest.

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