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Apollo's Fire recently announced its 25th Anniversary Season.
/ 25th Anniversary Festival in April: Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered - featuring
violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
/ Special 25th Anniversary season launch - Last Night of Summer - A Countryside
Celebration at the Baroque Music Barn & Grounds: September 17.
/ Touring engagements in 15 cities, including New York, Washington, Chicago and
/ Guest conductor Julian Wachner of Trinity Wall Street makes his Apollo's Fire debut
Under Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo's Fire will present eight productions with 29 performances September through April. Venues span across Northeast Ohio and Apollo's Fire will return to the Maltz Performing Arts Center for three performances. Special events will include a
Season Launch at the Baroque Music Barn & Grounds (September) and a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Music Box Supper Club in the Flats (March).
Program highlights include a sumptuous, choral all-Purcell program to open the subscription season,
with the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, the tragic Funeral Music for Queen Mary,
and highlights from King Arther (October); a new multi-cultural program created by Jeannette
Sorrell exploring the intersection of Italian, Jewish and Arabic music in baroque Venice (November);
a dramatic presentation of Handel's Messiah that goes to the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York following local performances (December); J.S. Bach's G Major Missa Brevis
with guest conductor Julian Wachner of Trinity Wall Street (March); and Bach's Orchestral Suite
no. 1 and Brandenburg Concertos no. 3 and 4 (February). The season climaxes with the 25th
Anniversary Festival: Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered in April with performances at the
Maltz Performing Arts Center and the Akron Public Library.
Complete information regarding the programming and locations of the season's concerts is available at apollosfire.org.
Last Night of Summer - a festive launch for the 25th Anniversary season at the Baroque Music
Barn & Grounds (Hunting Valley). Enjoy a Champagne reception on the lawn and a 45-minute
concert by Apollo's Fire; food and wine under a canopy, followed by dessert under the stars and
a Barn Dance with Apollo's Fire as your dance band.
St. Patrick's Day weekend celebration - highlights from Sorrell's Sugarloaf Mountain program
at the Music Box Supper Club (March). This concert will also be a featured event in Case Western
Reserve University's Humanities Festival: Immigration.
Apollo's Fire's 25th Anniversary Festival in April will bring together musicians, scholars, and
dancers from around the world. Entitled Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered, the festival will
run from April 27th-30th. The Mainstage concert, Beethoven the Revolutionary, will include
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Violin Concerto, performed by Noah Bendix-Balgley, the
young American concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Events include an Open Rehearsal
and preconcert talk by a visiting scholar (April 28th), Viennese Parlor Dancing and a Schubertiade
Chamber Concert (April 29th), and a Champagne Bruch and Panel Discussion moderated by
Donald Rosenberg (April 30th).
Major CD/DVD Release
Apollo's Fire marks its 25th Anniversary season with a major international release of Bach's masterpiece, the St John Passion. This much anticipated recording was made during the March
2015 dramatic production led by Jeannette Sorrell, with the character soloists off-book and semistaged, and chorus in the aisles during the turbulent mob scene.
Apollo's Fire continues its popular and lively series of free Pre-concert talks, 1 hour before each
concert. Speakers include performers, scholars and critics.
Afterglow receptions following designated concerts allow patrons to mingle and chat with the
performers while enjoying drinks and light fare. This year, all Afterglows are free.
Resplendent Purcell - Saturday, October 8th - First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights
Love in Venice - Friday, November 18th - St Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights
Virtuoso Bach - Friday, February 17th - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights
Beethoven the Revolutionary - Thursday, April 27th - Akron Public Library
Beethoven the Revolutionary - Sunday, April 30th - St. Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village
For complete details, visit apollosfire.org
Last Night of Summer
A Countryside Celebration to Launch the 25th Anniversary Season
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - The Baroque Music Barn & Grounds
A festive evening to kick off the season! Champagne reception on the lawn, a 45-minute concert
by Apollo's Fire, and food & wine under a canopy - followed by dessert under the stars and a
Barn Dance. With the AF musicians as your dance band, this will be an evening to remember!
October 6-9, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM Fairlawn Lutheran Church
Friday, October 7, 8:00 PM First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.
Saturday, October 8, 8:00 PM First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.
Sunday, October 9, 4:00 PM Rocky River Presbyterian Church
Molly Netter & Amanda Powell, sopranos
Eric Brenner, countertenor
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Celebrate this Festival (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary)
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Highlights from King Arthur and Dido & Aeneas
The great Henry Purcell wrote his most majestic music for royal events at Westminster Abbey -
from joyous birthday celebrations for the Queen to the heartbreakingly beautiful lamentations at
her funeral. Vocal soloists, strings, lutes, recorders, trumpets, percussion, organ, and the acclaimed
Apollo's Singers join in this sumptuous program.
Love in Venice: A Multicultural Fiesta
November 17-20, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 PM Fairlawn Lutheran Church
Friday, November 18, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Sunday, November 20, 4:00 PM Rocky River Presbyterian
Erica Schuller & Amanda Powell, sopranos
Owen McIntosh, tenor
Olivier Brault, violin
Kathie Stewart, traverso
Venice - where East meets West. Arab traders mingled with German tourists, Jewish merchants,
and Italian priests - including one named Antonio Vivaldi. Our fiesta includes Sephardic romances;
dances by Jewish composer Salamone Rossi; Arab improvisations; orchestral fireworks
by Vivaldi - the evocative "LaNotte" flute concerto and "Autumn" from The Four Seasons; and
timeless love duets by Monteverdi, reminding us that Love knows no ethnic boundaries.
December 9-12 & 16, 2016
Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM St. Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village
Saturday, December 10, 8:00 PM The Maltz Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 11, 4:00 PM St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills
Monday, December 12, 7:30 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron
Friday, December 16, 8:00 PM First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.
Meredith Hall, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Now an acclaimed CD, Jeannette Sorrell's interpretation of Handel's Messiah has inspired audiences
across the country on many national radio broadcasts. Taking their cue from Handel's original
conception of the piece as theatrical entertainment, Sorrell and her actor-singers take the listeners
on a spiritual and emotional journey. The program heads to New York City following local
Virtuoso Bach: An Instrumental Extravaganza
February 16-20, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 7:30 PM Lake Erie College, Painesville
Friday, February 17, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Sunday, February 19, 4:00 PM Rocky River Presbyterian Church
Monday, February 20, 7:30 PM The Bath Church (UCC)
Debra Nagy, oboe
AF players take turns in the spotlight for this evening of overflowing virtuosity. From J.S. Bach's
sunny Orchestral Suite No. 1 to the darkly brooding Oboe Concerto in G minor, to the sparkling
and beloved Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 4.
An Irish-American Journey
Highlights from "Sugarloaf Mountain"
Sunday, March 19, 7:00 PM - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland
Jeannette Sorrell's beloved program follows the journeys of the Irish immigrants who built new
lives in the hills of Appalachia - bringing their music with them. One local performance only
before the troupe heads out on tour, including the National Gallery in Washington!
Sacred Bach: A Spiritual Journey
March 23-26, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 PM Fairlawn Lutheran Church
Friday, March 24, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Saturday, March 25, 8:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.
Sunday, March 26, 4:00 PM Rocky River Presbyterian Church
Julian Wachner, guest conductor
Cantatas No. 36, 17 & 179 | Mass in G Major, BWV 236
Conductor Julian Wachner lives a life much like J.S. Bach - performing a different Bach cantata
every week, at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. His deep immersion into Bach's
cantatas will produce an inspiring spiritual journey with Apollo's Fire orchestra and soloists.
Apollo's Fire 25th Anniversary Festival
Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered
April 27-30, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM Akron Public Library
Friday, April 28, 8:00 PM The Maltz Performing Arts Center
Saturday, April 29, 8:00 PM The Maltz Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 30, 4:30 PM St. Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Apollo's Fire assembles 40 of the finest period-instrument specialists of North America for this
event - a rare and revelatory opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments.