Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain
An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
Jeannette Sorrell,conductor & harpsichord
Amanda Powell,soprano vocals
Ross Hauck,tenor vocals
Jeffrey Strauss & Aaron Keeney,baritones
Brian Kay,lute & tenor vocals
Apollo’s Singers & Musettes

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“Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.”

Performed in 10 sold-out concerts in Cleveland in 2017 and 2018, this joyous program from Jeannette Sorrell is a communal celebration of the American immigrant experience. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, and singers join with children’s voices to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From Christmas Eve in medieval Ireland to folk carols at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia… we follow the journeys of the Irish settlers who bravely crossed the Atlantic. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.

Filmed with close-ups, first-rate sound quality, and high production values, this video of the full performance at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2018 has never before been released on video. (Plan to watch it on your TV with your family! Check out our easy instructions on How to Watch the video on your smart TV.)

Duration: approx. 1 hr 40 min.

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Meet the Artists

    tenor vocals
    lute, guitar, banjo & long-neck dulcimer

Listen to the Radio Broadcasts of Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain
1-hr holiday special produced by WFMT-Chicago

Wednesday, December 9
Portales, NM – KENW-FM (NPR), 89.5

Thursday, December 10
Huntsville, AB – WLRH-FM (Huntsville Public Radio), 89.3 – at 11am

Friday, December 11
Makati City, Philippines – DZFE-FM, 98.7 – at 1pm

Sunday, December 13
Chicago – WFMT-FM, 98.7 – at 7pm

Tuesday, December 15
Salt Lake City, UT – KBYU-FM, 89.1 – at 8pm
Marion/Carbondale, IL – WSIU-FM (NPR), 91.9 – at 8pm

Thursday, December 17
Flagstaff, AZ – KNAU-FM Arizona Public Radio, 88.7 – at 8pm

Friday, December 18
Morehead, KY – WMKY-FM (NPR), 90.3 – at 8pm
Oklahoma City – KUCO-FM, 90.1 – at 8pm

Saturday, December 19
Lafayette, IN – WBAA-FM (NPR), 101.3 – at 11am
Pullman/Moscow, WA – KRFA-FM Northwest Public Broadcasting, 91.7 – at 1pm

Sunday, December 20
Detroit, MI – WRCJ-FM (NPR), 90.9 – at 1pm

Monday, December 21
Corpus Christi, TX – KEDT-FM – at 2pm

Tuesday, December 22
Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA – WVIA-FM (NPR), 89.9 – at 12 noon
Austin, TX – KMFA-FM (NPR) – 89.5 – at 6pm

Friday, December 25
Dover, DE – WRTX-FM, 91.7 – at 7pm
Chicago – WFMT-FM, 98.7 – at 6pm
Pocomoke City, MD – WSCL-FM, 100.7 – at 1pm
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD – WSCL-FM Delmarva Public Radio, 89.5 – at 1pm
Cape Girardeau, MO – KRCU-FM (NPR), 90.9 – at 1pm
Cleveland – WCLV-FM, 104.9 – at 3pm
Philadelphia – WRTI-FM (NPR), 90.1 – at 7pm

Saturday, December 26
Notre Dame, IN – WSND-FM, 88.9 – at 8pm

December 31 at 10:00am – WCLV Ideastream airs the full-length concert of Sugarloaf Christmas



These concerts are generously sponsored by
The Deveny Family

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


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.

lute, guitar, banjo & long-neck dulcimer

is a modern-day troubadour. He holds a Master’s degree in music from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied lute and theorbo. He specializes in historical plucked instruments and ancient songs of various world traditions. He is a songwriter and poet, and also paints and plays a variety of percussion and wind instruments. Cleveland called him “far-ranging,” “brilliant,” and “exciting,” and Early Music America called his work “phenomenal.” His newest album, Three Ravens, was released in January 2015.

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