Around 1600, the stones of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice echoed as composers placed groups of brass instruments, strings, lutes, and singers in different parts of the church. Apollo’s Fire brass players take the spotlight in the stunning music of Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Praetorius, and Schütz.
“Charged with all the Apollo’s Fire’s signature energy… a spark that grows into a blaze.” – THE IRISH TIMES (review of AF’s Praetorius Vespers CD)
Program design: a collaboration between Jeannette Sorrell and Italian Renaissance/Baroque musicologist Dr. Marica Tacconi (Pennsylvania State University). The program draws on Professor Tacconi’s recent research on early Baroque “echo” repertoire in Venice. Dr. Tacconi will also present the pre-concert talks. Read more about Dr. Tacconi here.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS!
Join the musicians for Venetian treats and celebrate the start of the season. FREE!
has been praised as “the star of the evening with a performance so tender it could make a stone cry” (SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL). Noted as “Bright-toned, charismatic and theatrically arresting” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE), she enjoys a diverse performance career including classical, folk, jazz, and global music. As a frequent guest artist with Apollo’s Fire, she has appeared in Cleveland and on tour in programs including Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Handel’s Messiah. She has a special affinity for bringing early music artistry to traditional folk repertoire and has been featured on numerous recordings including Sugarloaf Mountain and Sephardic Journey, both of which are top ten BILLBOARD bestselling CDs. In 2015 she released her solo debut album, Beyond Boundaries. She can also be heard on Apollo’s Fire’s newest CD, Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain.
Ms. Powell holds a degree in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a certificate in jazz improvisation from the Jazz in July Institute (University of Massachusetts). She has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Sheila Jordan. A nationally recognized leader in the field of sacred world music, she has sung concerts around the world, including at concert halls in Italy, Spain, France, Mongolia, and China. She serves on the voice faculty at Cleveland State University where she also teaches classes in improvisation. In addition, Ms. Powell serves as Apollo’s Fire’s Artist-in-Residence for Outreach Performances.
Persian-American soprano, Raha Mirzadegan is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. Her repertoire spans the medieval chant of Hildegard von Bingen to premiering new works by living composers. She was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Music. During her time at the university she studied with Gran Wilson, and was a chorister/soloist with the award-winning Chamber Singers, lead by Dr. Edward Maclary.
Raha is the founder and director of The Undercroft, a DC-based vocal ensemble dedicated to unearthing obscure works and premiering them for modern audiences. The group specializes in one-on-a-part renaissance polyphony.
This season, Raha will be performing with groups such as Clarion music society, Bridge Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and The Undercroft in venues along the East Coast.
Jacob receives praise for his instincts singing in small vocal consorts in addition to his work as a soloist. He is a core tenor of the soloist-ensemble Les Canards Chantants and the chamber choir The Thirteen. Jacob can be heard singing with The Clarion Choir, ACRONYM, Piffaro, and as a featured soloist with Mountainside Baroque and Apollo’s Fire.
Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Jacob has cultivated a passion for a wide variety of music ranging from medieval folk song to the tight harmonies of vocal jazz. He has experience singing solo and chamber works by contemporary composers through engagements with Third Practice Ensemble, hexaCollective and Great Noise Ensemble.
Jacob’s 2016-2017 season includes numerous choral/solo appearances with Apollo’s Fire, a complete tour of masses and concerts in each of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, Italy with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and an expansive series of engagements with Les Canards Chantants including concerts in Beijing, China for the first festival of early music hosted by Central Conservatory of Beijing. In April 2017, Jacob will give recitals with artists of Tempesta di Mare in Philidelphia to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth.
Jacob is a cantor and chorister at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He earned his B.A. in Vocal Performance from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Jacob teaches private voice lessons in his home in Downtown Sivler Spring, MD. Use the contact form on this website request more information about bookings and teaching.