Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered

Akron 25th Anniversary Season Launch Concert
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered
with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of AF’s Akron Series 1995-2020
 
“We in Akron are fortunate to have Apollo’s Fire coming to our doorsteps”
– AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

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Meet the Artists

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)

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

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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

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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

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