Special Event: WASSAIL! (Chicago)

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Special Event: WASSAIL! (Chicago)
An Irish-American Christmas at RAVINIA

Jeannette Sorrell’s heartwarming celebration of the Irish immigrant experience is back, with delightful new cast members including children.

On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia… we follow the hopes and …

Friday, December 6, 2024, 7:30PM
Martin Theater, RAVINIA

Bach B Minor Mass (Chicago)

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Bach B Minor Mass (Chicago)

Bach’s magnificent Mass features a large and colorful orchestra, including several unusual instruments. Praised for her “revelatory performance” (Opera News) of Bach’s sacred works, conductor Jeannette Sorrell leads the festive forces – including trumpets, timpani, strings, choir, and soloists.

“Glorious… an absorbing performance – luminous playing, genuine emotion, and tasteful drama.” – CLEVELAND.COM

This project is supported …

Friday, April 11, 2025, 7:30PM
St. James Cathedral, CHICAGO
Saturday, April 12, 2025, 3:00PM
First Presbyterian Church, EVANSTON

Vivaldi in Love (Chicago)

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Vivaldi in Love (Chicago)
Double Concertos of Fire & Romance

Was Vivaldi in love with young soprano Anna Giraud? Apollo’s Fire musicians explore this question as we take you back to Valentine’s Day in 1725. Double-concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann that are sometimes playful, sometimes romantic, alongside arias of love by Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Vivaldi’s fiery Concerto for Four Violins ends the program with …

Thursday, February 13, 2025, 7:30PM
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON
Friday, February 14, 2025, 7:30PM
Driehaus Museum, Murphy Auditorium, CHICAGO

Handel’s MESSIAH (Chicago)

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Handel’s MESSIAH (Chicago)

Sound the trumpet! Jeannette Sorrell and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers are nationally renowned for their dramatic interpretation of Messiah. The soloists become musical storytellers, bringing spirituality and drama to Handel’s richly layered masterpiece.

Duration: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including intermission

“The performance conducted by Sorrell was a revelation. ‘Messiah’ has seldom seemed so dramatic, …

Sunday, December 15, 2024, 4:30PM
St. James Cathedral, CHICAGO
Monday, December 16, 2024, 7:30PM
Saints Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, WINNETKA

BACH’S Brandenburg Concertos (Chicago)

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BACH’S Brandenburg Concertos (Chicago)
Nos. 2, 3, 4, & 6
Concerto for Oboe & Violin

The season opens with sizzling virtuosity! The exhilarating Apollo’s Fire musicians revel in four of Bach’s masterful Brandenburg Concertos, plus the beloved Concerto for Oboe and Violin. Soloists include daredevil violinist Alan Choo and dazzling guest trumpeter Caleb Hudson of the Canadian Brass.

“Swaggering and brilliantly played.”
— THE LONDON TIMES

Friday, October 25, 2024, 7:30PM
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON
Saturday, October 26, 2024, 7:30PM
St. James Cathedral, CHICAGO

Bach Mass in B Minor

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Bach Mass in B Minor

Bach’s magnificent Mass features a large and colorful orchestra, including several unusual instruments. Praised for her “revelatory performance” (Opera News) of Bach’s sacred works, conductor Jeannette Sorrell leads the festive forces – including trumpets, timpani, strings, choir, and soloists.

“Glorious… an absorbing performance – luminous playing, genuine emotion, and tasteful drama.” – CLEVELAND.COM

This project is supported …

Friday, April 4, 2025, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Saturday, April 5, 2025, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND
Sunday, April 6, 2025, 4:00PM
St. Christopher Parish, ROCKY RIVER
Tuesday, April 8, 2025, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND

Classical Sparks

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Classical Sparks

Mozart was profoundly influenced by two composers – his teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn, and his extraordinary French-African colleague, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de St-Georges). Haydn’s strikingly virtuosic Symphony no. 8 “Le Soir” and arias by Bologne meet Mozart’s delightful Violin Concerto no. 3 played by Alan Choo.

Thursday, February 27, 2025, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 28, 2025, 7:30PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Saturday, March 1, 2025, 7:30PM
First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS
Sunday, March 2, 2025, 3:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)

Virtuoso Brilliance

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Virtuoso Brilliance
from Vivaldi & Telemann

Apollo’s Fire revels in fiery orchestral suites and concertos. Recorder virtuoso Daphna Mor performs Telemann’s famous Suite in A Minor for the first time on the AF stage. Violinists Alan Choo, Emi Tanabe, and Chloe Fedor take the spotlight in thrilling double and triple concertos by Vivaldi.

Thursday, February 6, 2025, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, February 7, 2025, 7:30PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Saturday, February 8, 2025, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, February 9, 2025, 4:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Handel’s MESSIAH

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Handel’s MESSIAH

Sound the trumpet! Jeannette Sorrell and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers are nationally renowned for their dramatic interpretation of Messiah. The soloists become musical storytellers, bringing spirituality and drama to Handel’s richly layered masterpiece.

Duration: 2 hrs 15 min. including intermission

“The performance conducted by Sorrell was a revelation. ‘Messiah’ has seldom seemed so dramatic, so …

Tuesday, December 10, 2024, 7:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, AKRON
Thursday, December 12, 2024, 7:00PM
St. Raphael Catholic Church, BAY VILLAGE
Friday, December 13, 2024, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND
Saturday, December 14, 2024, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, CLEVELAND

WASSAIL!

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WASSAIL!
An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

Jeannette Sorrell’s heartwarming celebration of the Irish immigrant experience is back, with delightful new cast members including children.

On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia… we follow the hopes and …

Tuesday, December 3, 2024, 7:00PM
St. Noel Catholic Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS
Wednesday, December 4, 2024, 7:00PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
Saturday, December 7, 2024, 7:30PM
CHAGRIN FALLS Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 8, 2024, 3:00PM
AVON Performing Arts Center

Hope and Solitude

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Hope and Solitude

Gather with internationally acclaimed singer Reggie Mobley, AF concertmaster Alan Choo and 8 AF friends for soulful music of Purcell and Bach, including Purcell’s O Solitude and Bach’s haunting Cantata no. 82, Ich habe genug, featuring oboist Debra Nagy. Two uplifting Southern spirituals round out this intimate evening of hope and renewal.

Thursday, November 14, 2024, 7:30PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Friday, November 15, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, November 16, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, November 17, 2024, 4:00PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

Brandenburg Concertos

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Brandenburg Concertos
Nos. 2, 3, 4, & 6

The season opens with sizzling virtuosity! Jeannette Sorrell leads the exhilarating Apollo’s Fire musicians in Bach’s masterpieces – featuring daredevil violinist Alan Choo in No. 4 and dazzling guest trumpeter Caleb Hudson of the Canadian Brass in No. 2.

“Swaggering and brilliantly played.”
— THE LONDON TIMES

Friday, October 18, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Saturday, October 19, 2024, 7:30PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Sunday, October 20, 2024, 5:00PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Monday, October 21, 2024, 7:30PM
Harkness Chapel, CWRU
Tuesday, October 22, 2024, 7:30PM
ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church

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