Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, recently announced its 22nd season under Music Director Jeannette Sorrell.
The upcoming season includes seven subscription productions to be performed in Northeast Ohio spanning three counties plus additional "run out" performances throughout Ohio. The group will again tackle two holiday productions in December -- offering nine local performances in December. Additionally, AF will reprise its popular "Fireside Evening Concerts," offering patrons the opportunity to engage in coffee and conversation with the artists after the performance.
New for this season, AF also will offer a Saturday matinee performance in Chagrin Falls, and will perform at two new local venues: Rockefeller's Restaurant in Cleveland Heights and The Temple - Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.
Apollo's Fire begins the season with performances of some of the colorful Desden Concertos of J.D. Heinichen written for the famous virtuoso orchestra of the Dresden palace. Virtuoso Orchestra also features some of the liveliest concertos of J.S. Bach, Telemann, Geminiani and Vivaldi. Canadian recorder virtuoso Francis Colpron joins AF favorites Kathie Stewart on traverso and Debra Nagy on oboe.
November concerts feature "tour-de-force"(Cleveland Plain Dealer) René Schiffer opposite Mimé Brinkman, both performing on cello and viola da gamba in Tangos & Fandangos. This Mediterranean romp features nine musicians, dueling cellos and guitars, the music of Boccherini, and an original composition by AF's own René Schiffer "Tango Concerto for two Viola da Gambas." This series of concerts is generously sponsored by The Friends of Apollo's Fire.
In December AF presents two holiday programs Dec. 3 through 16. A reprise of Sorrell's Billboard- charting crossover program, Sacred Mysterium (Sacred Mystery): A Celtic Christmas will perform in Cleveland and Akron venues Dec. 3 through 8. This celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. It features Canadian soprano Meredith Hall and dancer/guitarist Steve Player backed by a colorful band of bagpipes, flutes, strings, and Celtic harp. The exquisite Apollo's Singers and Sylvain Bergeron's Ensemble La Nef of Montreal complete this Celtic journey.
AF will also perform Christmas Vespers, The Music of Michael Praetorius Dec. 13 through 16. Having performed to sold-out crowds around Cleveland in 2005 and 2009, this program features the stunning music of 17th-c. composer Michael Praetorius, woven into a Vespers service by Jeannette Sorrell. The cathedral resounds with the splendor of trumpets, sackbuts, cornettos, antiphonal choirs, lutes, strings, recorders and children's choir. Renowned sopranos and AF audience favorites Nell Snaidas, Teresa Wakim and Amanda Powell join forces for this haunting and joyous celebration of the Christ child.
In January, AF reprises its "Fireside" Evenings - Concerts, Coffee & Conversation. Last year, these 90-minute concerts followed by coffee with the artists brought audience members the unique opportunity to socialize with the musicians. This year, AF unveils a new program for the popular series: Drive the Cold Winter Away features soprano Meredith Hall performing Ballads from Old England including the music of Dowland and Purcell. Grammy award-winning lutenist, Ronn McFarlane, leads a group of colleagues in the lively instrumental tunes of the Elizabethan England. These concerts are generously underwritten by Rockefeller's Restaurant in Cleveland Heights.
February sees a return of soprano Nell Snaidas to the stage as both performer and co-director in another new program: Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews. This program recounts Jewish travels absorbed into a colorful musical heritage - featuring accents of Italy, Turkey and North Africa. A tapestry of Sephardic folk song gives way to mystical prayers, as well as Monteverdi-like Hebrew choral works by Jewish composer Salamone Rossi. Baritone Jeffrey Strauss and tenor Karim Sulayman lend their soulful voices to haunting cantor melodies, while exotic percussionist Rex Benincasa highlights the rhythms representing the life and love of a wandering people.
Soprano Amanda Forsythe returns to the AF stage to traverse the lovesick pathos and fire of baroque opera. In the final subscription program of the season The Power of Love, she evokes the passions of Handel and Vivaldi in virtuosic arias. Concertmaster Olivier Brault and cellist René Schiffer set sparks flying in Vivaldi concertos.
Subscriptions and Tickets
Subscription packages for the 2013-14 Season include ticket discounts of up to 25 percent. Four-concert, five-concert, six-concert, and seven-concert subscriptions range from $37 to $384.
Single tickets range from $20 to $70 with special rates for students, seniors, and young adults under 30. Single tickets are available for purchase online beginning Sept. 16.
For more information or to request a season brochure, visit the website at www.apollosfire.org or call Apollo's Fire at 216-320-0012 or 800-314-2535.