Apollo’s Fire Opens Its Holiday Season With Handel’s “Messiah”


Apollo’s Fire music director Jeannette Sorrell

Sat 12/1 @ 3PM

Sat 12/1 @ 8PM

Sun 12/2 @ 4PM

Mon 12/3 @ 7:30PM

This is a super-busy time of year for Cleveland’s baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, with two entirely different programs going on. Next week, they’ll again be rolling out their popular Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. But this week it’s that Christmas staple, Handel’s Messiah.

If you are one of those people who would rather hear professionals than hear yourself sing, this is the concert for you. No singing along, just listening, as soprano Amanda Powell, countertenor Daniel Moody, tenor Ross Hauck, baritone David McFerrin and the Apollo’s Fire musicians and singers present their own theatrical interpretation of the three-part oratorio, which tells the story of Jesus’ birth, death and ascension, and his role as Messiah.

The ensemble will do two performances at First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights on Sat 12/1, including a one-hour “mini-matinee” featuring excerpts from the work, a full-length matinee at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village on Sun 12/2 and a Mon 12/3 performance at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron. Each performance will include a gift shop where you can purchase Apollo’s Fire CDs, mugs, bags and other items.

Tickets range from $10-$77.


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