Apollo’s Fire is back on track with live (albeit crowd-limited) performances at their usual venues such as First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights, Akron’s First United Methodist Church and Avon Lake United Church of Christ. They recently present “Virtuosity: Fireworks by J.S. Bach” at those venues, and of course, they were all sold out before the dates arrived.
But the good news is that, starting May 11, they’re releasing a concert video you can watch at home. Ticket buyers can watch the video for 30 days afterwards. (You can also buy tickets to watch full-length videos of their other 2020-2021 concerts)
“Virtuosity” includes the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Violin Concerto in D Minor (reconstructed) and Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen.” Apollo’s Fire founder Jeannette Sorrell conducts the performance from her harpsichord. Other featured performers include soprano Amanda Forsythe, a familiar voice to AF audiences; Singaporean violinist Alan Choo, currently working on his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University; and trumpet player Steve Marquandt.
“Apollo’s Fire ends the season in an explosion of virtuoso fireworks,” they tell us. “Bach’s famously fiery Concerto in D Minor is usually heard on keyboard, but was originally intended for violin (and is even better that way!) Acclaimed soprano Amanda Forsythe returns for AF’s first-ever performance of Bach’s sparkling “Jauchzet” cantata, featuring dazzling coloratura for soprano and trumpet. The AF strings take the spotlight in the beloved Brandenburg Concerto no. 3.”
Tickets are $20; buy them here.