Free for All – at the Akron Art Museum
Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Apollo’s Fire partners with the Akron Art Museum to present casual, lively programs of baroque and folk music in the Museum’s McDowell Grand Lobby and Lehner Auditorium.

Free for all – come one, come all!

  • ATRIUM CONCERTS – The Apollo’s Fire folk players perform toe-tapping Celtic and Appalachian music, including the historic songs of the Erie Canal and the Ohio Appalachian community. Food and drink available at the Atrium Café.
  • FAMILY CONCERTS – These 45-minute interactive programs are for the young and young-at-heart, ages 6 to 96. Warning: you might learn to sing a fugue or dance a Menuet! Each program includes lively pop quizzes and the famous “Instrument Petting Zoo” at the end. Held in the Museum’s intimate Lehner Auditorium.

MusicAlive! – The Mantra:

Feel free to come and go, but we bet you’ll want to watch the whole show!


Sunday, October 1, 3:00pm
McDowell Grand Lobby
Israel & Egypt – A Multicultural Celebration

Apollo’s Fire sets the stage for its upcoming performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with a celebration of Jewish and Arabic folk music and cultural traditions – as well as a few highlights from Handel’s masterpiece. Soprano Amanda Powell is joined by a colorful ensemble of medieval harp, shawm, flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord. Q&A discussion with the musicians follows the 45-minute performance.

Thursday, December 14, 7:00pm
McDowell Grand Lobby
An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

From memories of Christmas Eve in Old Ireland, to a down-home Appalachian Christmas – haunting Irish carols meet toe-tapping spirituals. Soprano Amanda Powell reminisces about childhood Christmases in rural West Virginia, along with AF folk players on flute, fiddle, lute, banjo, cello, and hammered dulcimer. Rock the atrium!

Food & drink available at the Museum café as you enjoy this 50-minute show. Children age 8 and up are welcome with a parent or guardian.

Sunday, April 8, 3:00pm
McDowell Grand Lobby
Highlights from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Orpheus in the Underworld)

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo of 1607 is considered the first great opera. Apollo’s Fire gears up for upcoming performances of this masterpiece with a presentation of scenes, highlights, and discussion. Lead singers, including Karim Sulayman (Orfeo) and Erica Schuller (Euridice), are joined by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell for this lively 45-minute performance followed by Q&A.


All events are FREE! For more information, call Apollo’s Fire at 800.314.2535.

Special thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for underwriting the MusicAlive! series through its Knight Arts Challenge.
Knight Foundation

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