Apollo’s Fire in Chicago
“At long last, Apollo’s Fire has descended on Chicago… This was as exciting as baroque music gets.”
– Chicago Classical Review, 2016
Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to announce a semi-annual residency in the Windy City! Though AF has played in Chicago in 2016, 2017, and 2018, we now make a commitment for a more regular presence beginning in 2020.
In March 2020, Apollo’s Fire launched the semi-annual residency with a performance of Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell’s unique program, “O Jerusalem! – Crossroads of Three Faiths” at Northwestern University in Evanston.
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”
Goal of the Residency
Our goal is to help bring new audiences to the early music scene in Chicago, as we have done in Cleveland. (Cleveland now has one of the 3 largest audiences for baroque music in the country). Beginning in autumn 2020, our residency periods will also include educational outreach activities for school children.
Apollo’s Fire is grateful for the support and assistance of Chicago’s excellent early music groups, all of whom have helped promote the March 2020 concert:
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.