THE WINDY CITY SERIES
Apollo’s Fire in Chicago
GRAMMY®-winners Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell launch new 5-Concert Series in Evanston and Lincoln Park
“At long last, Apollo’s Fire has descended on Chicago… This was as exciting as baroque music gets.”
– Chicago Classical Review, 2016
After 4 years of successful concerts at Ravinia, University of Chicago, and Northwestern, Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to launch the Windy City Series. Our goal is to help bring new audiences to the early music scene in Chicago, as we have done in Cleveland. (Did you know that Cleveland now has one of the 3 largest audiences for baroque music in the country, nurturing smaller early music ensembles in addition to Apollo’s Fire?)
The 2021-2022 series includes 5 concerts (3 unique programs) in Evanston and Lincoln Park. Attend in Person or at Home! – see details below.
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2021-2022 Windy City Concerts
Attend in Person or at Home!
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2021-2022 CONCERT SCHEDULE: A Journey of Discovery
Vivaldi’s FOUR SEASONS rediscovered
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – DePaul University, Lincoln Park
Thursday, October 28, 2021 – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Francisco Fullana, violin – Four Seasons
Alan Choo & Emi Tanabe, violin – La Folia
René Schiffer & Sarah Stone, cello – Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto
Apollo’s Fire launches the 30th Anniversary Season with a splash! Not your mother’s Four Seasons…. Jeannette Sorrell and Francisco Fullana become musical storytellers – celebrating along with the 18th-century Italian peasants, whose joys and sorrows Vivaldi described so vividly. Dueling cellists evoke Vivaldi’s rock-n’-roll personality in the stormy Concerto for Two Cellos. The party ends in exuberant madness when the group whips up Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).
“Sorrell’s vivid approach makes these familiar works seem freshly minted, full of astonishing incident. Exhilarating… the tension exploded in the final squall.”
– SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL (UK)
These concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment from the Arts.
Virtuoso BACH & VIVALDI
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Francisco Fullana, violin
Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell set sparks flying in this program that later heads to Carnegie Hall. Artist-in-Residence Francisco Fullana performs his own reconstruction of Bach’s rarely heard masterpiece, the fiery Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 (commonly known in its keyboard-concerto version). The program includes Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 and the Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins.
MOZART and the Chevalier
Friday, May 13, 2022 – DePaul University, Lincoln Park
Saturday, May 14, 2022 – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Sonya Headlam, soprano
MOZART Don Giovanni Overture
BOLOGNE Aria from L’Amant anonyme
MOZART Selections from Exsultate, Jubilate
BOLOGNE Violin Concerto
MOZART Symphony no. 41, Jupiter
One was called “Mozart,” the other was called “Le Mozart Noir” (The Black Mozart). Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was as renowned in the 18th century as his slightly younger Viennese colleague. The son of an African slave and her white master, he was educated in France and became a beloved violin soloist, conductor, composer, champion fencing master, and hero of the French Revolution. The rare chance to hear his music alongside Mozart’s glorious “Jupiter” Symphony is revelatory and thought-provoking.
We are thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine in her Apollo’s Fire debut!
“Pine is an exciting, boundary-defying performer… in the top echelon.”
– Washington Post
“Apollo’s Fire combines European stylishness with “can-do” American entrepreneurism… the results are thrilling.”
– The Daily Telegraph, London
Check out the 4 additional concerts being performed in Cleveland.
Photos from the March 2020 concert at Northwestern University
Generously sponsored by NORTHERN TRUST, Apollo’s Fire performed Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell’s unique program, “O Jerusalem! – Crossroads of Three Faiths” to an enthusiastic crowd – on the eve of the coronavirus shutdown. Read the rave reviews!
Read the Press
Feature article – Chicago Tribune
“Apollo’s Fire sets sights on Chicago,” by Music Critic Howard Reich
Concert Review – Chicago Classical Review
“As concert venues close, Apollo’s Fire lights a candle in Evanston…
The performance was consistently engaging… the individual musicians brought exuberant dedication to their spotlit moments.”
Feature Interview – WFMT Radio
Three Faiths Connected through Music: “O Jerusalem!” with Apollo’s Fire
Best 10 Albums of the Year – Chicago Tribune
Music Critic John von Rhein Picks Apollo’s Fire’s “Sephardic Journey”
Apollo’s Fire is grateful for the support of Chicago’s early music community who have helped us launch this residency, including:
Thank you also to these Chicago institutions who have helped Apollo’s Fire in various ways:
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
The Chicago Symphony
The Chicago Tribune
Music Institute of Chicago
Spertus Institute Chicago
And we are grateful for assistance from Chicago’s vibrant interfaith community, including several synagogues and churches.