Apollo's Fire's newest program, "Glory on the Mountain: An Appalachian Journey," was a project that "is near and dear to my heart," said director Jeannette Sorrell, who added that she grew up in the Appalachians.
"The program tells the stories of the generations of men and women who came from the British Isles to the Appalachia area," Sorrell said. "It starts off with a farewell, where they are leaving their families behind."
The concert, which was staged in several locations in the Akron and Cleveland area, featured Sorrell as director and on harpsichord, Amanda Powell and Ross Hauch on vocals, Brady Lake resident Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer, Susanna Gilmore on fiddle, Kathie Stewart on wooden flutes, Brian Kay on lute, guitar, banjo and long-neck dulcimer, and René Schiffer on cello. The evening included a mix of ballads, shanties, folk songs and even a light-hearted story.
The concert at the Bath United Church of Christ sold out, according to representatives from Apollo's Fire.
"We've been really thrilled by the response from the audience," Sorrell said.
Bergmann called performing the concert "an organic experience."
"It's been such a joy," she said.
"Glory on the Mountain" is the follow-up to Apollo's Fire's first foray into Appalachian music, "Come To The River: An Early American Gathering," which premiered in nine sold-out concerts and soon became a Billboard Classical Top-10 CD. Sorrell said she spent the past two years contemplating this new program, researching the renaissance British Isles repertoire that took root in Appalachia, and building a troupe of artists whose unique talents cross the lines of early music and traditional British Isles and Appalachian folk music.