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Apollo's Fire - Bach's Brandenburg Concertos / Giovanni's Ristorante





Apollo’s Fire – Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Nos. 1, 2 and 5)

Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m.

Venue - Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights.
Featuring: Josh Cohen, Baroque Trumpet and
Jeannette Sorrell, Harpsichord









Who: Apollo’s Fire
What: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Nos. 1, 2 and 5)
When: Friday, October 12 @ 8 p.m.
Where: Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard (east of Coventry), Cleveland Heights, 44118 (click here)














The season opens with the largest and brassiest of Bach's glorious Brandenburgs (nos. 1 and 2), as well as the most bubbly (no. 5). From the daredevil trumpet solo, to boisterous horns and oboes, to a dizzying harpsichord solo—it’s an evening of rampant virtuosity!

Meet & Greet: After the concert, many of the artists involved mingle with the audience in the lobby. Stay a few minutes after the concert to rub shoulders with the “stars.” If the group is amenable, we may head to Nighttown after the concert for a nightcap and discussion.

Here is how the evening unfolds:

5 to 6 p.m. arrival – DINNER at Giovanni's Ristorante, 25550 Chagrin Boulevard, Beachwood 44122, 216.831.8625. Arrive as early as you can and be seated by 6 p.m. for special early dinner pricing menu – first seating fixed price $24.95 (click here) . Dinner is optional, of course, as the tight schedule may not work for some.

8 p.m. – ConcertApollo’s Fire - Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard (east of Coventry), Cleveland Heights, 44118












Giovanni's Ristorante, Be seated by 6 p.m. for special early dinner pricing menu – first seating fixed price $24.95 (click here).








Dinner is optional, of course, as the tight schedule may not work for some.
Giovanni’s Ristorante is a five-star Italian restaurant located in the 25000 block of Chagrin Boulevard just west of Richmond Road. What is arguably Cleveland’s finest restaurant is in the unlikely location of the first floor of a modern office building.

Delivering what is arguably the classiest evening in Cleveland, Giovanni's announces itself with a wall brimming with awards and commendations. Then it backs up the lip service with great food and impeccable treatment.  The service is from Lake Como, the menu vintage Perry Como, and the total experience straight out of a "Thin Man" movie.

Giovanni's main dining room recently underwent a full renovation, making the restuarant's atmosphere more appealing than ever. But the more casual lounge and bar areas are reasonable alternatives, and serve the same delicious menu offered in the larger room.
The cuisine is truly imaginative with surprising avante gard variations of classic recipes which include handmade pastas, seafood from around the world and the finest in veal, lamb, beef and game. The restaurant's elegance and first class service are an experience not to be missed but more the casual lounge and bar areas are excellent alternatives serving the same delicious menu as offered in the larger room.

Apollo’s Fire









“A swaggering version, exhilarating....The harpsichord solo is brilliantly played by Sorrell.” — THE TIMES, London

Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy... a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.” – Gramophone Magazine
Apollo's Fire celebrates its 21st season with 7 subscription programs evoking the passions of the soul - from the daring virtuoso concertos of Bach, to haunting Monteverdi laments, to sparkling Mozart, and joyous Celtic fiddle tunes. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell and concertmaster Olivier Brault lead a series of intimate and sculpted programs, featuring AF's "trademark qualities: expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion" (Classical Music Magazine, London).

Music Cleveland! will enjoy special ticket pricing for this concert. The Members-only code will be presented during the RSVP process as one of the questions. If you are RSVPing with a SmartPhone or iPhone app, then you may not see the questions. In that event please email the organizer for discount information.

For events that include dinner reservations, we normally ask for a telephone number and direct email address. Both are kept confidential and only used as necessary for any last-minute changes for this event. This also tends to reduce the number of casual responses and no-shows especially for events that include restaurant reservations.


Our friends at Apollo's Fire have offered an astounding 33-percent discount for A and B-level seating.  A-level seats are $45, but just $30 for Music Cleveland! members.  B-level seats are normally $32, reduced to $21 for us!

For ticket purchase, use the Members-only discount code – presented during the RSVP process – discounts ONLY available for telephone orders: call the Box Office at[masked] or[masked], ext 1.  We have targeted seating in Section A but the discount will also apply to the lower cost Section B.

Fairmount Church Web Site (click here)

There is a CD of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos available for $23 – CD Purchase (click here)









Click on cover image to listen to audio clips.
Apollo's Fire CDs are available for purchase at concerts and online through PayPal.
You are not required to register and your payment is fast and secure! You can also purchase CDs by calling the Apollo's Fire Box Office at[masked], ex.1 - Baroque, Classical, Holiday, Crossover/Folk

Music Cleveland! Members -
Please remember to stay current on your annual $10 membership fee. We have monthly obligations to and assorted administrative costs to cover. Music Cleveland! member benefit certainly surpass the cost of dues. We strive for promotional considerations that represent real added value for members. You may pay your membership dues by using the PayPal link in the upper left margin of the home page or simply pay the event host at your next concert.

And, thanks to those who are current!

Music Cleveland! Attendance Policy: One of the universal problems faced by organizers with groups involve No-Shows or members who say they are attending an event only to be missing when the concert or dinner begins. This is especially bothersome when organizers have made restaurant reservations on the missing members’ behalf. Our group has been fairly good in the past, but it may be helpful to list our group policies for events.

First – your RSVP ‘yes’ is a firm commitment to acquire tickets and attend the event. If you are unsure about your schedule, please do not casually respond until you are able to commit and purchase tickets. This is especially important when restaurant reservations are included. Organizers make reservations on your behalf for a place at our table. And, since the establishments we frequent are small businesses, no-shows adversely impact them.

Please know that a No-Show puts your membership status in jeopardy and could result in removal from Music Cleveland! Yes, we know that plans and even the best intentions can be interrupted by life events but proper etiquette is always in order.

Please try to cancel your RSVP no later than 24-hours before the concert. For last-minute cancellations, please do two things: change your RSVP on the web page, and email the organizer directly. If extenuating circumstances prevent your participation a follow-up email to the organizer/host is appropriate.

Second - Because Music Cleveland! is a social networking and fellowship group, members attending events are expected to sit with the group when possible. Please read the posts carefully as we always give specific details about when and where to meet.

“The U.S.A.'s hottest baroque band.”
“One of the most enterprising and plucky early music ensembles in the nation today.”

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 BBC broadcast. Apollo's Fire returned to Europe in fall 2011, as part of a major international tour with French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The ensemble was met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l'Opéra), Lisbon, Metz, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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, and the Ojai International Festival in California. In October 2010, the ensemble performed the Monteverdi Vespers in an 11-concert national tour. 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 18 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). The 2010 CD release of the Monteverdi Vespers and the 2011 release of Jeannette Sorrell's early American disc "Come to the River" both became immediate best-sellers in the U.S.A.










Music is a form of communication – a language that resonates with people in an emotional and spiritual way, touching people in a way that words cannot. The treatises from the 17th and 18th centuries all talk about “Affekt” – the emotional character of the music. The performer’s role was to evoke a particular Affekt or emotional state in the listeners – whether that be joy or contemplation or rage or despair or triumph. The baroque performer used every possible means to cast his emotional spell on the audience – rhetoric, gesture, harmony. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of artists who believe passionately that our job is to communicate – to take the listeners with us on an emotional journey. If, at the end of two hours, the audience is moved to tears, or joy, or laughter, or prayer, then we have done a good night’s work.
– Jeannette Sorrell

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  • Bill J.

    Excellent Performance! Perfect group as well!

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very animated, passionate, and joyful classical music and performers!!!

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was wonderful! What a talented group, particularly the soloists performing unusual feats. I had just gotten off the plane from NYC after a busy 2 days, so the respite of sitting and listening to this marvelous performance was balm to my soul.

    October 13, 2012

  • Ruthanne


    October 13, 2012

  • Bill J.

    RSVPs re-opened for the concert. Apollo's Fire is holding a few tickets for Music Cleveland!

    October 12, 2012

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