Apollo’s Fire Opens Its Season with “Echoes of Venice”

Thu 10/17 @ 7:30PM

Fri 10/18 @ 8PM

Sat 10/19 @ 8PM

Sun 10/20 @ 4PM

Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra, has gone from the scrappy little ensemble founded 27 years ago by artistic director Jeannette Sorrell after orchestras wouldn’t hire the prodigiously talented conductor because of her gender, to an internationally celebrated ensemble. It’s played prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Museum of New York, Chicago’s Ravinia and Tanglewood in Massachusetts, and performed in London, France and Italy. This year it won a Grammy for the latest of its nearly two dozen albums, Songs of Orpheus.

While those venues/countries get only an occasional taste of the accomplished period orchestra, northeast Ohioans get to hear them regularly as they host their full season of concerts in venues around the region.

That season launches this week with “Echoes of Venice,” inspired by the music that was heard in that city’s St. Mark’s Cathedral around 1600 when composers stationed groups of instruments, including lutes, strings, brass and voices at different locations in the building. The Dark Horse Consort early brass ensemble will be featured in this program, along with sopranos Amanda Powell and Raha Mirzadegan, tenor Jacob Perry and the Apollo’s Singers, with Sorrell conducting and playing harpsichord. It includes lesser-known music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Michael Praetorius.

The group performs Thursday at the Bath Church UCC, Friday at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, Saturday at First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights and Sunday at Avon Lake Church UCC. On Saturday, there will be an Afterglow party, were concertgoers can enjoy Venetian treats and mingle with the musicians.

Tickets start at $22.


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