The Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Orchestra will be hosting the world renowned Apollo's Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
Proceeds will go to the BBHHS Orchestra Program to enrich the musical experiences of our students.
A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse
Praised for their "superlative music-making" (The Telegraph, London) and "energy, discipline, style and pizzazz" (Boston Globe), Apollo’s Fire and director/harpsichodist Jeannette Sorrell join together in this lively evening of music by Bach and his colleagues. A famous coffeehouse in 18th-c. Leipzig was the scene of virtuoso concerts by Bach and his student orchestra. The program includes Bach’s Brandenburgs no. 4 and 5, as well as works by Bach’s admired colleagues, Telemann, Vivaldi and Handel. Sparks fly as Apollo’s Fire performs Sorrell’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s “La Folia” (Madness) from memory. With four best-selling CDs on the Billboard classical chart, Apollo’s Fire has played to packed houses in major halls of Europe, and was chosen as one of the “Best 5 Concerts of 2014” by the London Telegraph.
“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band”
—Classical Music Magazine, UK
“Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy – a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.”
Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award-winning young 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.
Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (THE INDEPENDENT, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Subsequent European tours took place in 2011, 2014, and 2015. European performances include sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London (with live broadcast across Europe), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and major venues in Lisbon, Metz (France), and Bregenz (Austria), as well as concerts on the Birmingham International Series (UK) and the Tuscan Landscapes Festival (Italy).
AF’s London 2014 concert was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” (THE TELEGRAPH, UK). This concert was chosen by the TELEGRAPH as one of the “Best 5 Classical Concerts of 2014.”
North American tour engagements include the Tanglewood Festival (sold-out debut in 2015), 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 Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 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 is signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in the U.K. by Intermusica (London).
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 21 commercial CDs, and currently records for the British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version, brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). Five of the ensemble's CD releases have become bestsellers on the classical BILLBOARD chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos & Harpsichord Concertos, and Jeannette Sorrell’s three crossover programs - Come to the River – An Early American Gathering; Sacrum Mysterium- A Celtic Christmas Vespers; and Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering.
For more information about Apollo's Fire, you can visit their website at http://www.apollosfire.org/
For more information or questions about the concert, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org