Sat 12/2 @ 7:30PM
Sun 12/3 @ 4PM
Fri 12/8 @ 8PM
Sat 12/9 @ 8PM
Sun 12/10 @ 4PM
Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra, likes to celebrate the holidays with a program that pays tribute to the Celtic roots of Appalachian folk music, drawing from American traditional sources instead of European classical music, as it usually does.
But this year, the group’s director has created a whole new program for “Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain.” You’ll hear folk carols and shape-note hymns and old-style Gregorian chant from Scotland, with plenty of dancing and singing and hand-clapping to make it like a festival family holiday gathering up in the hills.
Featured vocalists are two performers familiar to Apollo’s Fire audience from their previous work: soprano Amanda Powell and tenor Ross Hauck. They’ll be joined by the Apollo’s Singers and Apollo’s Musettes children’s chorus to provide the vocal fire power.
They’ll perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron on Sat 2/2 (already sold out) and St. Noel Catholic Church in Willoughby Hills Sun 2/3. The following weekend, they’re at Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium Fri 12/8, First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights Sat 12/9 and St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village Sun/10.
Both Sundays and Sat 12/9 will be followed by an afterglow party with hot cider, ginger cake and a carol sing-along with the musicians.
Tickets are $28-$77. Students are $10.