Virtuosity

Virtuosity
Fireworks from J.S. Bach

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 3:00PM
AKRON Art Museum

Tapestry

This program replaces Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt, which cannot safely be performed in current pandemic conditions.
Tapestry
Jewish Ghettos of Baroque Italy
In 1600, Italy was home to a fascinating melting pot of Jews from northern Europe, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. Though confined to crowded ghettos, the Italian Jews enlivened Italy with a vibrant mix of Sephardic and Ashkenazi musical traditions. In Venice and Mantua, Jewish and Catholic composers such as Salamone Rossi, Claudio Monteverdi, and Benedetto Marcello worked side by side and influenced each other. Our 15 musicians weave a musical tapestry, from prayer to feasting. Hebrew chants and baroque settings of the Psalms meet instrumental virtuosity – including a sparkling Sammartini concerto featuring Israeli recorder virtuoso Daphna Mor.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, March 19, 2021, 7:30PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 4:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain
An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
Filmed at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2017 & 2018, this communal celebration of the American immigrant experience, combines fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, singers, and children’s voices to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to folk carols and shape-note hymns at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia… we follow the journeys of the Irish and Scottish settlers who bravely crossed the Atlantic. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.
Friday, November 20, 2020, 3:00PM
AKRON Woman’s City Club

Celebration

Celebration
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered
Our season-long pilgrimage to wellness ends with an exuberant celebration of Nature. If you thought you knew Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises. Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell bring these beloved concertos to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be – a vivid and joyful depiction of traditional life in the Italian countryside. The program also features dueling cellists in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos.
Friday, April 9, 2021, 7:30PM
St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:00PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
Sunday, April 18, 2021, 4:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)

Triumph

Triumph
Handel’s Israel in Egypt

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Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Friday, March 19, 2021, 7:30PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 8:00PM
The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 4:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Elegance

Elegance
The Harper’s Voice
The harp was the voice of the marginalized peoples of the British Isles – Irish, Welsh, and Scots. Ireland’s legendary blind harper, Turlough O’Carolan, was one of several great harpers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Today’s young harpist troubadour, Anna O’Connell, sings and accompanies herself on the harp in the manner of the old Celtic harpists. Six Apollo’s Fire musicians on violins, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, and lutes join Anna in sparkling music by O’Carolan, Dowland, and Purcell, along with Scottish and Irish folk songs.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 4:00PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

Allure

Allure
The Three Amandas
Long ago in the palace of Ferrara, three renowned ladies entertained princes with their astonishing musicianship. The “Tre Donne di Ferrara” (Three Ladies of Ferrara) were probably the first female professional musicians. Apollo’s Fire collaborates with three stunning Amandas in virtuoso trios written for the Ferrara ladies, alongside soulful songs by Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini and lively duets from Monteverdi’s playful Scherzi Musicali. Eight instrumentalists join in the fun with dances from the palace and the countryside.
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 6, 2020, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 8:00PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ
Sunday, November 8, 2020, 3:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 8, 2020, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Resilience

Resilience
Music for Troubled Times

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“An unforgettable ride… This ensemble is a cultural treasure, particularly in its willingness to grapple with the world’s problems and offer catharsis.”
– Seen & Heard International (UK)

“The program draws poignant parallels to today. No one else.. gives Dowland and Purcell such suave, dramatic treatment. Soprano Ashlee Foreman delivers a tour-de-force in …

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, October 9, 2020, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 3:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 11, 2020, 4:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Virtuoso Fireworks

Virtuoso Fireworks
Sparks fly as Apollo’s Fire soloists take turns stepping into the virtuoso spotlight. The dazzling soprano Amanda Forsythe joins virtuoso trumpeter Steve Marquardt for Bach’s exhilarating cantata, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen – a Northeast Ohio period-instrument premiere!

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Bach’s resplendent masterpiece is rarely performed live, due to the extraordinary forces required: 2 orchestras, 2 choirs, soloists, and children’s choir. Jeannette Sorrell leads a dramatic presentation, with singers performing from memory in the character roles. Bach’s resounding sense of community envelopes the performance as the audience joins in singing the chorales – just as Bach’s congregation did nearly 300 years ago.

O JERUSALEM!

O JERUSALEM!
Crossroads of Three Faiths
Premiered last year to sold-out crowds, Jeannette Sorrell’s evocation of Old Jerusalem blends music and poetry from the Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian quarters of the Old City. Selections from Monteverdi’s great Vespers of 1610 echo with Arabic love songs and rapturous singing of Jewish cantors. The performers, including musicians of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds, join in celebration of brotherhood and sisterhood.
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ
Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:30PM
FAIRLAWN Lutheran
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:30PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)

L’Amore

L’Amore
An Old Italian Valentine

Apollo’s Fire celebrates Valentine’s Day with love songs, fire, and flirtation in this Italian music-party with Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Olivier Brault and three other violin soloists play with romance and flirtation in spicy double-concertos of Vivaldi. Monteverdi provides love duets and playful tiffs from the Scherzi Musicali. The program also includes works by Barbara Strozzi …

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 14, 2020, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Hear the Music
No.1 Chorus: “Jauchzet, frohlocket”
English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner | Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Meet the Artists

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:30PM
St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Friday, December 13, 2019, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 3:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

Scarborough Fayre

Scarborough Fayre
Music from Merry Old England

Hear the Music
Scarborough Fayre (arr. J. Sorrell)
Apollo’s Fire with Sandra Simon, vocals | Jeannette Sorrell | Scarborough Fayre

The Flowers of the Forest (arr. J. Sorrell)
Apollo’s Fire with Kathie Stewart, flute | Jeannette Sorrell | Scarborough Fayre

Wee be Souldiers Three
The New World Renaissance Band | Owain Phyfe

Sheep Under the Snow (arr. S.P. Gilmore, R. Schiffer)
Apollo’s Fire …

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 22, 2019, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Echoes of Venice

Echoes of Venice
Around 1600, the stones of St. Mark’s Cathedral 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.
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:00PM
Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:00PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

J.S. BACH’S Mass in B Minor

MAINSTAGE CONCERTS
J.S. BACH’S Mass in B Minor
& Mini-Festival (April 9-15)
Never before heard on period instruments in Northeast Ohio, Bach’s magnificent Mass features a large and colorful orchestra, including several unusual instruments. Conductor Jeannette Sorrell and her choir and orchestra are internationally respected for compelling performances of Bach’s sacred works.
Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00PM
Baldwin-Wallace University (Gamble Auditorium), BEREA
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Monday, April 15, 2019, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON

THREE DUELS and a Funeral

THREE DUELS and a Funeral
This sequel to last year’s hit program, “Three Duels and a Wedding,” takes a darker turn… sort of. Sparks fly as pairs of virtuoso soloists square off in dueling quadruple-concertos of Vivaldi, as well as the exhilarating Brandenburg Concerto no. 3. Telemann’s zany Funeral Cantata for a Dead Canary, delivered with tragic-comic aplomb by singer-actor Jeffrey Strauss, will leave you in tears… of laughter.
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, March 8, 2019, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Biber’s MYSTERY SONATAS

CHAMBER CONCERT
Biber’s MYSTERY SONATAS
Join four violinist “angels” as they journey through the ancient Mysteries of the Rosary – from the Annunciation through the Crucifixion and the triumphal Resurrection. Each of these stunning sonatas by Heinrich Biber uses a different and special tuning of the violin. With cello, theorbos, and organ, this is an evening of gorgeous virtuosity.
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

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