Wed 12/11 @ 7:30PM
Thu 12/12 @ 7:30PM
Fri 12/13 @ 8PM
Sat 12/14 @ 8PM
Sun 12/15 @ 4PM
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio made its debut in 1734, written specifically to be performed during the Christmas season. So that’s when Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra, is tackling the piece in five concerts around town.
They won’t be doing the entire thing, which runs three hours and is often performed in segments. They’ll be doing parts 1, 2, 5 and 6, which address the birth of Jesus, the angels telling the shepherds about Jesus’ birth, the journey of the wise men and their arrival at Jesus’ cradle.
Guest conductor Julian Wachner and concertmaster Olivier Brault will lead the orchestra, as trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings sing the joyful news. They’ll be joined by the Apollo’s Singers, and soloists soprano Molly Netter, countertenor Daniel Moody, tenor Steven Soph and baritone Jesse Blumberg.
They’ll perform at Willoughby Hills’ St. Noel Church Wed 12/11, St. Paul’s Episcopal in Akron on Thu 12/12, Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium Fri 12/13, First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights Sat 12/14, and St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village Sun 12/15. There’ll also be a one-hour mini-performance at First Baptist Church on Sat 12/14 @ 3pm.
Tickets start at $28.