Apollo’s Fire in Chicago
The Windy City Residency

GRAMMY®-winners Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell launch new 3-Concert Miniseries 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 Residency. 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 2020-2021 residency includes 3 concerts in Evanston and Lincoln Park. Attend in Person or at Home!see details below.

Save 20% and guarantee the best seats by subscribing to the 3-concert miniseries! Or save over 25% by also subscribing to 3 additional video concerts broadcast from Cleveland.

Plus… beginning in Spring 2021, our residency periods will also include educational outreach activities for school children.

2020-2021 Windy City Concerts

Attend in Person or at Home!

This year, your mini-subscription or ticket allows you either to attend the concert in person, OR receive a password to watch the exclusive concert-video 1 week later in the comfort of your home. Our 2020-2021 Windy City Series will include 3 concerts in Evanston and Lincoln Park. (Please note: Only 1 performance of each concert program will be filmed. The performance will be recorded either in Cleveland or Chicago – the same program will be performed in both locations.) Learn more.

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If a concert is cancelled due to the pandemic, choose from 4 options. Learn more.

Windy City Subscriptions on sale now. Subscribe online or call AF at 800.314.2535.
Single tickets on sale now by phone only. Call 800.314.2535.
Online purchase for single tickets begins September 1

2020-2021 CONCERTS: A Pilgrimage of Hope

ALLURE: The Three Amandas
Friday, November 13, 2020, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Amanda Forsythe & Amanda Powell, sopranos | Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Long ago in the palace of Ferrara, three renowned ladies entertained princes with their astonishing musicianship. The “Tre Donne di Ferrara” (Three Ladies of Ferrara) were probably the first female professional musicians. Apollo’s Fire collaborates with three stunning Amandas in virtuoso trios written for the Ferrara ladies, alongside soulful songs by Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini and lively duets from Monteverdi’s playful Scherzi Musicali. Eight instrumentalists join in the fun with dances from the palace and the countryside.
NOTE: If pandemic conditions do not permit safe performance by live singers, the 3 singers will be shown on a large video screen above the stage. The instrumentalists will be live on stage and will accompany the singers simultaneously. In this version of the program, some vocal pieces may be replaced with instrumental pieces.
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DELIGHT: A Fiddler’s Noël
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Amanda Powell, soprano
Apollo’s Chamber Singers*
The Masked Fiddlers: Olivier Brault, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Alan Choo, Emi Tanabe
 Apollo’s Fire welcomes the holidays with fiddle fireworks! Corelli’s famed Christmas Concerto for Two Violins highlights the first half, along with Heinrich Biber’s soulful violin sonata on The Annunciation (the Angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary) and selections from Handel’s Messiah. After intermission, the Masked Fiddlers lead a toe-tapping Christmas Barn Dance of traditional carols and fiddle tunes in the Irish and Appalachian traditions. Virtuosity explodes from all corners!
NOTE: If pandemic conditions do not permit safe performance by live singers, the program will be done without the Chamber Singers. The vocal soloists will be shown on a large video screen above the stage. The instrumentalists will be live on stage and will accompany the singers simultaneously. In this version of the program, some vocal pieces may be replaced with instrumental pieces.
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CELEBRATION: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Rediscovered
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7:30pm – Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston
Friday, April 23, 2021, 7:30pm – DePaul University, Lincoln Park

Rachel Barton Pine & Alan Choo, violin soloists
René Schiffer & Rebecca Landell Reed, cello soloists
Our season-long pilgrimage to wellness ends with an exuberant celebration of Nature. If you thought you knew Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises. Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell bring these concertos to life as musical storytelling – a joyful depiction of traditional life in the Italian countryside. The program also features Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos.
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
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Check out the 3 additional concerts being performed in Cleveland – available to our Chicago patrons and subscribers via “Watch at Home” tickets.

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

Critic’s Choice – Chicago Classical Review

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.”

Preview article – Clef Notes Chicagoland Arts Journal

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”

Recommended Concerts – Crain’s Chicago Business

Thank you

Apollo’s Fire is grateful for the support of Chicago’s early music community who have helped us launch this residency, including:

Music of the Baroque
Newberry Consort
Haymarket Opera Orchestra
Third Coast Baroque

Thank you also to these Chicago institutions who have helped Apollo’s Fire in various ways:

Northern Trust
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
The Chicago Symphony
The Chicago Tribune
WFMT Radio
Ravinia Festival
Northwestern University
Music Institute of Chicago
Spertus Institute Chicago

And we are grateful for assistance from Chicago’s vibrant interfaith community, including several synagogues and churches.

Keep in touch!

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Our next return to the Chicago area will be:

Tuesday, July 7 – Ravinia Festival
The Complete Brandenburg Concertos

This event has been postponed due to Covid-19.

View AF’s complete touring schedule here.

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