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Apollo’s Fire announces 2014-15 season

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Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Premium Baroque Orchestra has announced its 23rd season with Music Director Jeannette Sorrell. The Northeast Ohio area is superbly blessed to have this vibrant band of musicians who call Cleveland home. Apollo’s Fire plays to sold-out venues around the world from London to Madrid and across North America. It is the ensemble’s goal to revive the true spirit of baroque performance with the use of period instruments as well as the fire that the works conveyed when first composed and performed hundreds of years ago. Apollo’s Fire has also been chosen by Gramophone and BBC Magazine as among the “Top 20 Concerts in North America” with one of the largest baroque subscription audiences in the nation.

This year’s AF 2014-2015 season will once again be a lively and varied collection that will also pay tribute to “Papa” J.S. Bach as he celebrates his 330th birthday. The year-long celebration begins with an evening of Bach’s “Orchestral Fireworks”, continues on with an evening visit to Bach’s household for a winter “Family Frolic” and concludes with an homage to Bach’s most admired contemporary, Vivaldi which will include a Vivaldi work that Bach transcribed.

New this year is a collaboration with the Music Box Supper Club in celebration of Valentine’s Day with a special dinner and concert “The Blues Café, 1610”. Other appearances and co-presentations include Kent State University on December 3, 2014, The Performing Arts Center at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium on December 7, 2014 and Lake Erie College on April 23, 2014 with appearances at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall in January of 2015. There will also be seven subscription programs (30 concerts) taking place at various venues across the Northeast Ohio area as well as diverse educational offerings and touring. This season also marks the 20th anniversary of AF’s subscription series in Akron. The ensemble will celebrate this milestone with special outreach initiatives in Akron as well as a gala special event on May 31, 2015.

Subscriptions & Tickets

Subscription Packages will be going on sale beginning July 25, 2014 for the 2014, 2015 Season. Included in the subscription packages are ticket discounts of up to 25% as well as four, five, six and seven concert subscriptions with prices ranging from $37 for students up to $383.00.

On sale beginning July 25, 2014, are SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES for the 2014-2015 Season, which include ticket discounts of up to 25%. Four-concert, five-concert, six-concert, and seven-concert subscriptions range from $37 (for students) to $383.

Single Tickets range from $20-$70 with special rates for students, seniors, and young adults (under 30). Single tickets are available for purchase online beginning September 8th. For more information or to request a season brochure, please visit the website at or call Apollo’s Fire at (216) 320-0012 or (800) 314-2535.

Dates and locations of the programs are as follows

Bach’s Birthday Party, Part 1
Orchestral Fireworks
October 9-12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church

Friday, October 10, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.

Saturday, October 11, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.

Sunday, October 12, 4:00 p.m.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church

The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
October 31 – November 7, 2014

Friday, October 31, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron

Saturday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland

Sunday, November 2, 3:30 p.m.
St. Mary of the Falls, Olmsted Falls

Friday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.

Sacrum Mysterium, A Celtic Christmas Vespers
December 3 & 7, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Kent State University, Kent

Sunday, December 7, 4:00 p.m.
Cleveland Masonic Auditorium*

*Co-presented with the Performing Arts Center

Handel’s Messiah
December 11 – 15, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland

Friday, December 12, 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.

Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Shaker Hts.

Sunday, December 14, 3:30 p.m.
St. Mary of the Falls, Olmsted Falls

Monday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church

The Fireside Concerts – Cozy 90-minute programs followed by coffee and conversation with the artists

Bach’s Birthday Party, Part II
Family Frolic, a multi-generational music party
January 22 – 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music

Friday, January 23, 8:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Akron

Saturday, January 24, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.

Sunday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church

Blues Café 1610
February 12-16, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
The Temple – Tifereth Israel, Beachwood

Friday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts.

Saturday, February 14, 8:00 p.m.
Music Box Super Club, Cleveland*

Sunday, February 15, 4:00 p.m.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church

Monday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church

* Special Valentine’s Day Performance – Single Tickets Only. There is an optional dinner at 7:00 PM.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Rediscovered
April 16– 26, 2015 – Two weekends!

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church

Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.
Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Hts.

Sunday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church

Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.*
Morley Hall, Lake Erie College, Painesville

Saturday, April 25, 8:00 p.m.
Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Hts.

Sunday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.
St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills

*Co-presented with Lake Erie College

About Apollo’s Fire

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various effects or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (THE INDEPENDENT, LONDON), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with BBC broadcast. Apollo’s Fire returned to Europe in fall 2011, as part of a major international tour with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The ensemble was met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A third European tour in 2014 included London, Birmingham and Austria, all of which elicited rave reviews in the press.

Apollo’s Fire has also toured throughout North America, appearing at such venues as the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series and the Library of Congress. Major North American tours include the Monteverdi Vespers in 2010 (11 concerts) and the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013 (9 concerts). At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for Sorrell’s creative programming.

Apollo’s Fire has released 20 commercial CD’s, four of which have become Billboard bestsellers in the U.S. The ensemble records for British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). The 2010 CD release of the Monteverdi Vespers and the 2011 release of Jeannette Sorrell’s early American disc “Come to the River” both became immediate best-sellers in the U.S.A.

Music Director Jeannette Sorrell has won international attention for “forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to early music” (BBC MAGAZINE). Trained by the great harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and by conductors Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington, Sorrell won the First Prize and Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition – the largest harpsichord competition that has taken place in modern times. She has won national awards for creative programming. Increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and soloist, she has led the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the Houston Early Music Festival, and this season makes her debut with the New World Symphony in Miami as well as returning to the Pittsburgh Symphony.