Vivaldi’s Four Seasons rediscovered

European Tour Send-Off Concert
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons rediscovered
Featured Artist
Not your mother’s Four Seasons…. Jeannette Sorrell and Francisco Fullana become musical storytellers – celebrating along with the 18th-century Italian peasants, whose joys and sorrows Vivaldi described so vividly. Dueling cellists evoke Vivaldi’s “rock ’n roll” personality in the stormy Concerto for Two Cellos. The party ends in exuberant madness when the group whips up Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).

Join us for this festive send-off (with champagne reception) as our musicians warm up for our European tour. – Or better yet, plan to come with us! London (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), and more…!

Saturday, April 8, 2023, 7:30PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS

A Return to Bach’s Coffeehouse

A Return to Bach’s Coffeehouse
Featured Artists
A famous Leipzig coffeehouse in the 18th century was the scene of lively musical duels, as J.S. Bach led concerts featuring double-concertos. Our musical fencing matches include Bach’s Concerto for Oboe & Violin and Telemann’s Concerto for Flute & Recorder.
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, May 12, 2023, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, May 13, 2023, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, May 14, 2023, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Exile

Featured Artists
Exile
Music of the Jewish & African Diasporas
Expelled from their homes and scattered across the earth, exiled peoples have often found strength and resilience in their music. This new program from Jeannette Sorrell begins where “O Jerusalem!” ended – celebrating the interwoven connections of the Sephardic, Ashkenazy, Palestinian, and African traditions.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7:30PM
The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 7:30PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire
Featured Artists
A profound spirituality inspired many 17th-century composers to scale the heights of virtuosity. Alan Choo and 7 friends continue their exploration of Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary alongside sacred vocal works.
Thursday, February 2, 2023, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 3, 2023, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 5, 2023, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Handel’s Messiah

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Handel’s Messiah
Featured Artists

Sound the trumpet! Jeannette Sorrell, soloists, and chorus bring their nationally acclaimed interpretation of Messiah back home to Northeast Ohio. The singers become musical storytellers, bringing spirituality and theatricality to Handel’s richly layered masterpiece.

Pre-Concert Conversation 1 hour before each concert, hosted by Assistant Artistic Director Alan Choo, with oboist Debra Nagy (Dec. 6-8) and baritone …

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 7:00PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 7:00PM
LAKEWOOD United Methodist
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 5:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Storms and Tempests

Storms and Tempests
Featured Artist
The wild power of nature inspires this program of orchestral showpieces, including Vivaldi’s Tempesta di Mare (Storm at Sea) concerto featuring violinist Alan Choo; Marais’ tempest scene from Alcione; and gorgeous arias sung by Amanda Forsythe.

Program

VIVALDI | Sinfonia in G minor, RV 157

LULLY | Passecaille, from Persée

VIVALDI | Siam navi all’onde algenti, from L’Olimpiade
Amanda Forsythe, soprano

GRÉTRY | Vol des nuages, from Zémire et Azor
Marche égyptienne, from Caravan de Caire

VIVALDI | Violin Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 8 No. 5 “La Tempesta di Mare”
Alan Choo, violin

DALL’ ABACO | Passepied I-II, from Concerto à più istrumenti Op. 5 No. 3 in E minor

HANDEL | Piangerò la sorte mia, from Giulio Cesare

GRAUN | Tra le Procelle assorto, from Cleopatra e Cesare
Amanda Forsythe, soprano

MARAIS – Suite from Alcione

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 11, 2022, 7:30PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 12, 2022, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 4:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Featured Artists
The sensuous allure of the East and the structure of the West. They met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. Jeannette Sorrell leads chorus, strings, brass, lutes, and soloists in Monteverdi’s sumptuous masterpiece.

“Hugely gripping… Sorrell and her forces brought superb energy and clarity… an exhilarating evening.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 9, 2022, 4:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Friday, October 14, 2022, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

Vivaldi’s FOUR SEASONS rediscovered

Vivaldi’s FOUR SEASONS rediscovered

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Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 8:00PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Sunday, October 24, 2021, 4:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Monday, October 25, 2021, 7:30PM
St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS

MOZART and the Chevalier

30th Anniversary Celebration Concert
MOZART and the Chevalier
Apollo’s Fire Returns to Severance!

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Ann Fairhurst & Mark Cipra
Worldwide Watch-at-Home Video Sponsor
William P. Blair III

Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 8:00PM
SEVERANCE MUSIC CENTER, CLEVELAND
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 4:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

VIRTUOSO BACH & VIVALDI

VIRTUOSO BACH & VIVALDI

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These concerts are generously supported by
William P. Blair III

Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)

Handel’s ISRAEL in EGYPT

Adaptation by Jeannette Sorrell
Handel’s ISRAEL in EGYPT
A Dramatic Oratorio

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The Plague of Flies & Locusts

The Plague of Hailstones & Fire

But the Waters Overwhelmed The Enemy

The Lord shall reign… for the horse and his rider He hath thrown into the sea

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These concerts are generously supported by
Karen & Richard Spector
Robert A. & Judith M. Weiss
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Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Friday, February 18, 2022, 7:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 8:00PM
The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Sunday, February 20, 2022, 7:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS

LIFT EV’RY VOICE

LIFT EV’RY VOICE
A Celebration of Brotherhood & Sisterhood

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These concerts are generously supported by
The Deveny Family
Tom & Marilyn McLaughlin
Worldwide Watch-at-Home Sponsors
Ed & Ellen Weber
Jonathan Woody Commission Sponsor

Friday, August 5, 2022, 7:30PM
Arlington Church of God, AKRON
Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:00PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ
Sunday, August 7, 2022, 7:00PM
Cain Park, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Handel’s MESSIAH

Handel’s MESSIAH

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:30PM
St. Bernard Catholic Church, AKRON
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:30PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Friday, December 10, 2021, 7:30PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE

VIOLIN FANTASY

VIOLIN FANTASY
Tracing the Path from Biber to Bach

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These concerts are generously supported by
Ryan Siebel

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 12, 2021, 7:30PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 14, 2021, 4:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

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)

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