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Apollo's Fire celebrates silver anniversary

Published: August 17, 2016 12:00 AM
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Apollo's Fire recently announced its 25th Anniversary Season.

Highlights include:

/ 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

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Celebration at the Baroque Music Barn & Grounds: September 17.

/ Touring engagements in 15 cities, including New York, Washington, Chicago and

Miami.

/ Guest conductor Julian Wachner of Trinity Wall Street makes his Apollo's Fire debut

in March.

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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.

Special Events

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.

Local concerts

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.

Afterglow Receptions:

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

Tickets

Season Calendar:

For complete details, visit apollosfire.org

SPECIAL EVENT

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!

Resplendent Purcell

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

Apollo's Singers

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.

Handel's Messiah

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

performances.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT

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.


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