Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered

Countryside Concerts
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered
with Songs in Celebration of Nature
Featured Artists
Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 7:30PM
Holden Arboretum, KIRTLAND
Thursday, July 18, 2024, 7:30PM
Holden Arboretum, KIRTLAND
Saturday, July 20, 2024, 4:00PM
Holden Arboretum, KIRTLAND
Saturday, July 20, 2024, 7:30PM
Holden Arboretum, KIRTLAND
Sunday, July 21, 2024, 3:00PM
Holden Arboretum, KIRTLAND
Friday, July 26, 2024, 7:30PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ
Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)

The Taverns of 1610

Baroque Bistros
The Taverns of 1610
Featured Artists
The GRAMMY®-winning musicians of Apollo’s Fire invite you back to 1610, when the “wall” between art music and popular music barely existed. In this musical tour of taverns back in the day, we hear how great composers of London, Venice, and Madrid wrote artful variations on popular street tunes. Soulful ballads, lively party tunes, and virtuosic dances by Dowland, Merula and Ortiz leap to life. Apollo’s Fire’s dynamic violinist and concertmaster, Alan Choo, leads this program with three friends.
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 8:00PM
BLU Jazz+, AKRON
Sunday, April 14, 2024, 12:30PM
Music Box Supper Club, CLEVELAND

The Wandering Minstrels

Baroque Bistros
The Wandering Minstrels
Featured Artists
Harpist-troubadour Anna O’Connell and three friends sing, play, and dance their way from Italy to the British Isles. Starting in medieval Italy, where rustic dance music spilled into the streets of Tuscany and flowed into the palaces, this delightful program features popular street music from medieval times up to the baroque. Toe-tapping dances meet haunting ballads, including Dowland’s famous Flow My Tears. The sounds of fiddle, lute, viola da gamba, and voices will send you out dancing on this winter night.
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 8:00PM
BLU Jazz+, AKRON
Sunday, January 21, 2024, 12:30PM
Music Box Supper Club, CLEVELAND

¡Hispania! (Chicago)

Featured Artists
¡Hispania! (Chicago)
A Voyage from Spain to the Americas

March 24-25, 2023
A troupe of 17 international artists sets out on a vibrant musical journey from 16th-century Spain to baroque Latin America. In this new program designed by Jeannette Sorrell, the music of Spanish composers Diego Ortiz, Gaspar Sanz, and Santiago de Murcia blends virtuosity with lively dance rhythms. Crossing the Atlantic, we …

Sunday, March 24, 2024, 5:00PM
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON
Monday, March 25, 2024, 7:00PM
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of CHICAGO

Wassail! (Chicago)

Featured Artists
Wassail! (Chicago)
An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

Christmas night in Ireland, 1849: Families and friends gather for singing, storytelling, plenty of wassail, and tearful farewells – as many of them prepare to depart for America the next day.

This heartwarming program from Jeannette Sorrell follows the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic, bringing their music with them. Irish …

Friday, December 8, 2023, 4:00PM
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art CHICAGO
Friday, December 8, 2023, 7:30PM
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art CHICAGO

Nights in Venice (Chicago)

Featured Artists
Nights in Venice (Chicago)

November 11-12, 2023

Nighttime in old Venice: music floating from cafés provided inspiration for composers from Claudio Monteverdi to Antonio Vivaldi. In our Venetian evening, dueling violinists set sparks flying in two Vivaldi double-concertos. Highlights from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the famous Lamento della Ninfa remind us that love and betrayal often go hand in …

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 7:00PM
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of CHICAGO
Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3:00PM
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON

Bach’s Easter Oratorio

Featured Artists
Bach’s Easter Oratorio

A rare chance to hear J.S. Bach’s dramatic Easter masterpiece! Jeannette Sorrell leads soloists, choir, three trumpets, and a festive orchestra. Alongside the Easter Oratorio, we present Bach’s exuberant Easter Cantata, BWV 66 – including a moving dialogue between Hope and Fear, as well as a thrilling trumpet solo.

Concert duration: 1 hr 50 min, including …

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 7:30PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Friday, April 26, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Saturday, April 27, 2024, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Sunday, April 28, 2024, 5:00PM
Church of the Gesu, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS

¡Hispania!

Featured Artists
¡Hispania!
A Voyage from Spain to the Americas

A troupe of 17 international artists sets out on a vibrant musical journey from 16th-century Spain to baroque Latin America. In this new program designed by Jeannette Sorrell, the music of Spanish composers Diego Ortiz, Gaspar Sanz, and Santiago de Murcia blends virtuosity with lively dance rhythms. Crossing the Atlantic, we encounter Mexican and Peruvian …

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Bernard Catholic Church, AKRON
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Rocco Catholic Church, CLEVELAND
Friday, March 22, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, March 23, 2024, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Sacred Mysteries

Featured Artists
Sacred Mysteries
Biber’s Rosary Sonatas for Violin

Heinrich Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary have haunted violinists for centuries. Each of these virtuosic sonatas tells a dramatic story from the life of Christ – but the performer must discover and interpret the story through the secrets of the music. AF Concertmaster Alan Choo and friends bring drama and reverence …

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 7:30PM
West Shore Unitarian Universalist, ROCKY RIVER
Friday, February 16, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, February 17, 2024, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Monday, February 19, 2024, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON

Wassail!

Featured Artists
Wassail!
An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

Christmas night in Ireland, 1849: Families and friends gather for singing, storytelling, plenty of wassail, and tearful farewells – as many of them prepare to depart for America the next day.

This heartwarming program from Jeannette Sorrell follows the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic, bringing their music with them. Irish …

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 4:30PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Thursday, December 14, 2023, 7:30PM
Gamble Auditorium, Baldwin-Wallace University, BEREA
Friday, December 15, 2023, 7:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Saturday, December 16, 2023, 8:00PM
Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Sunday, December 17, 2023, 4:30PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)

Nights in Venice

Featured Artists
Nights in Venice

Nighttime in old Venice: music floating from cafés provided inspiration for composers from Claudio Monteverdi to Antonio Vivaldi. In our Venetian evening, dueling violinists set sparks flying in two Vivaldi double-concertos. Highlights from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the famous Lamento della Ninfa remind us that love and betrayal often go hand in hand. …

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 7:30PM
The Temple-Tifereth Israel, BEACHWOOD
Friday, November 10, 2023, 7:30PM
AVON LAKE United Church of Christ

Fire and Joy

Featured Artists
Fire and Joy
from Bach and Vivaldi

J.S. Bach and Vivaldi loved to create moods – fiery, serene, or joyful. Apollo’s Fire principal players step into the spotlight in this program featuring double concertos, a Bach Oboe Concerto, and rarely heard sinfonias. Meet the viola d’amore, an instrument of love!

REPERTOIRE:
VIVALDI Concerto in D minor for Two Violins & Cello, RV 565
BACH Sinfonia …

Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 17, 2023, 7:30PM
LAKEWOOD United Methodist
Saturday, November 18, 2023, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 19, 2023, 4:00PM
UNIVERSITY CIRCLE United Methodist Church

Splendour in London

Featured Artists
Splendour in London
Handel’s Water Music and Other Royal Festivities

Purcell and Handel gave artistic voice to the British royal family’s most festive and poignant moments. Jeannette Sorrell leads a sumptuous orchestra in Handel’s lively Water Music. The acclaimed Apollo’s Singers and soloists join for Purcell’s heartbreakingly beautiful Funeral Music for Queen Mary and sparkling selections from King Arthur. Handel’s splendid Zadok the Priest, with …

Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 5:00PM
Watch-at-Home

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