Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, to Perform at Mount Union
April 07, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio- The University of Mount Union will welcome Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.
Based on a shared passion for drama and rhetoric, Apollo’s Fire is an ensemble created in 1992 by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell founded the orchestra with the idea of using music to create passions for listeners.
Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Apollo’s Fire returned to Europe in autumn 2011 and spring 2014, and has been met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz (France), Birmingham (United Kingdom) and Bregenz (Austria). Apollo’s Fire returned to London in 2014 and was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making…the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” by The Telegraph.
Apollo’s Fire has also toured throughout North America, appearing at the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Tropical Baroque Festival in Miami, the Ojai International Festival in California and major venues in Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble performed an 11-concert tour of the Monteverdi Vespers in 2010 and a nine-concert tour of the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013.
At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 20 commercial CD’s, and currently records for the British label AVIE. Four of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi “Vespers,” Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos” and Jeannette Sorrell’s two crossover programs, “Come to the River” and “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers.”
This performance is part of Mount Union’s Year of the Arts celebration on campus.
Year of the Arts
The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check mountunion.edu for an updated event schedule throughout the year.