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
Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood Festival
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!
View Episode #2
Apollo’s Fire on the Road
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!
View Episode #3
Living the Classical Life (with Mozart)
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.
View Episode #4
COMING UP NEXT
in the Music for the Soul series:
Friday 4/3, Episode #5:
Passover Edition – full “O Jerusalem” concert from the Cleveland Museum of Art, March 2020
Thursday 4/9, Episode #6
Good Friday/Easter Edition: Bach’s St. John Passion – extensive highlights from the 2016 production, including new interviews
Wednesday 4/15, Episode #7:
“Beethoven the Revolutionary” – Symphony no. 5, Violin Concerto with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Egmont Overture
Tuesday 4/21, Episode #8:
“Getting a Handel on Bach” (Brandenburgs 4 & 5 with Handel Arias from Oberlin/Amanda Forsythe)
Tuesday 4/28, Episode #9:
CAN YOU HELP?
Apollo’s Fire is providing this digital music and video series as a free gift to you. While it is our civic duty not to perform concerts during the COVID-19 shutdown, we are losing over $170,000 in ticket sales and touring fees – and this number could increase in the coming months. Please consider making a donation if you are able. You can also help AF by sharing these videos with your friends.
Thank you for supporting your baroque orchestra!