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“I find all of your ‘Films” to be of the highest quality. As an “out of towner” I am delighted that I will be able to hear/see your performances online.”
I hope you are well in these uncertain times. All of us at Apollo’s Fire are grateful that music, art, and literature nourish us during hardship. You recall Boccaccio’s delightful Decameron, penned during a 14th century plague. Later, Handel composed his masterpiece, Messiah, during a personal financial crisis. Throughout history, the human spirit has triumphed through the arts.
In response to the coronavirus shutdown, Apollo’s Fire has launched “Music for the Soul”, a series of online programs featuring concert videos, interviews, and related reading – all for your pleasure at home.
Over the next few weeks, cozy up with Apollo’s Fire! We’ll be starting with some old favorite videos, and will include NEW videos and interviews next week.
Wishing you health and inspiration,
Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
Video selections and program notes from 3 favorite Celtic programs – a cozy St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
St. Patrick’s Day Edition
Apollo’s Fire Goes Irish!
View Episode #1
Video selections from Apollo’s Fire’s 2015 Tanglewood debut (“A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse”) and the 2017 return (an all-Vivaldi program including The Four Seasons). This episode also includes a live, public interview with Jeannette Sorrell, hosted by Boston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg and Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Vallière. Don’t miss the program notes and especially the wild encore, guaranteed to cheer you up!
Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood Festival
View Episode #2
An eclectic mix of videos and photos from the Aldeburgh Festival in England, the Tanglewood Festival, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and more. This episode includes a couple of videos from the recent tour of our “O Jerusalem!” program as a TEASER and another uplifting encore to raise your spirits!
Apollo’s Fire on the Road
View Episode #3
For your cozy Sunday at home, Apollo’s Fire goes Classical! We are pairing some gorgeous Mozart videos with an interview of Jeannette Sorrell from the wonderful online series, Living the Classical Life, with host Zsolt Bognar.
Living the Classical Life (with Mozart)
View Episode #4
Episodes #7 & 8:
Good Friday/Easter Edition
Bach St. John Passion
Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to release this beautifully filmed video of J.S. Bach’s first oratorio masterpiece, the St. John Passion (1724).
View Episodes #7 & 8
The lighter side of Apollo’s Fire! This episode includes a Funeral Cantata for a Beloved Pet Canary, a “Tango Concerto” with plenty of playfulness, and a NEW video of the night when a cello bow exploded during our performance of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).
Mother’s Day Edition: Laughter & Smiles
View Episode #11
In Italy there is an old saying… “L’Italiano è la lingua della musica, degli angeli, e dell’ Amore.” (Italian is the language of music, of the angels, and of Love.)
Love & Jazz from 1603 (and thereabouts)
View Episodes #14
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Apollo’s Fire is providing this video series as a free gift to you. However, during the COVID shutdown we are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket revenue and touring fees. What’s worse, our musicians have lost all of their work with ensembles around the country. But thanks to your donations, Apollo’s Fire, unlike many other orchestras, has so far been able to pay our musicians $100,000 in partial fees for canceled concerts. We couldn’t have done this without your support!
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