CHRISTMAS on Sugarloaf Mountain
An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
Amanda Powell,soprano
Ross Hauck,tenor
with Jeffrey Strauss,baritone
and Apollo’s Singers & Apollo’s Musettes
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)
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

 

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

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

  • AMANDA POWELL
    AMANDA POWELL
    soprano vocals
  • ROSS HAUCK
    ROSS HAUCK
    tenor vocals
  • JEFFREY STRAUSS
    JEFFREY STRAUSS
    baritone
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)

AMANDA POWELL
soprano vocals

has been praised for her “abundant vocal technique and infectious spirit” (ClevelandClassical.com) and enjoys a diverse career in the realms of classical, folk, and jazz. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a certificate in jazz improvisation from the Jazz in July Institute (University of Massachusetts). Ms. Powell’s solo performances with Apollo’s Fire in recent seasons have included Handel’s Messiah (mezzo soloist), Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Second Lady), Praetorius Christmas Vespers (soprano soloist), and Liza Jane in the 2013 national tour of the acclaimed Come to the River program. Her work as an internationally recognized leader in the field of sacred world music has taken her to concert halls in Italy, Spain, France, Mongolia and China. Her debut solo album, entitled Beyond Boundaries, was released in 2015 and quickly sold out on Amazon. The album explores folk and jazz traditions of cultures around the world. Amanda spent her childhood summers riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains in the back of her grandpa’s pickup truck and later lived in the Shenandoah Valley, within sight of Sugarloaf Mountain.

ROSS HAUCK
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.

JEFFREY STRAUSS
baritone

is an “authoritative artist” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) whose performances have been praised as “captivating” (Chicago Tribune) and “serenely beautiful” (New York Times). In addition to his many performances with Apollo’s Fire, he has appeared with period-instrument ensembles including The Consort of Musicke with Emma Kirkby, the Taverner Consort under Andrew Parrott, Tafelmusik, the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Seattle Baroque, Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia), and the Newberry Consort (Chicago).
He made his concert debut at 17 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and studied voice with Elsa Charlston in Chicago, Yvonne Rodd-Marling in London, and Gérard Souzay in Paris. An accomplished stage actor, favorite projects include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, praised as “deeply moving” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Jesus and Pilate in the J.S. Bach Passions, Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, and Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne. His 2014 portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof was hailed by the Buffalo News as “masterful.”

His longstanding commitment to contemporary music includes numerous appearances with the Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo) in Chicago and performances of Ned Rorem’s song cycle Aftermath, Lawrence Axelrod’s The Immanence of Angels and Ophélia, Paul Schoenfield’s Camp Songs, a jazz oratorio with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and premieres of works by Bernstein, Babbitt, Shapey, and Cipullo. CD recordings with Apollo’s Fire include the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers; Handel’s Messiah; Sephardic Journey, which debuted in February 2016 at #2 on the Billboard World Music chart; and Bach’s St. John Passion, released in March 2017.

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