Apollo’s Fire was founded in Cleveland, Ohio by the award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Apollo’s Fire has performed four European tours, including sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bordeaux’s Grand Théâtre, and venues in France, Austria, Italy and Portugal.
Chosen by the DAILY TELEGRAPH as one of London’s “Best 5 Classical Concerts of 2014,” AF was praised for “superlative music-making… combining European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism.”
North American tour engagements include the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. The ensemble has performed two major U.S. tours of the Monteverdi Vespers (2010 and 2014) and a 9-concert tour of the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire will make its Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. 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 25 commercial recordings, of which 7 have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart. These are the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos & Harpsichord Concertos, The Power of Love (Handel arias and dance music with soprano Amanda Forsythe), and Jeannette Sorrell’s four creative crossover programs: Come to the River – An Early American Gathering; Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas Vespers; Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering; and Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews.
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