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The Intimate Bach, Part II - Apollo's Fire / Sergio's Saravá

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WHO: Apollo’s Fire
WHAT: The Intimate Bach, Part II
WHEN: Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: St. Paul Episcopal Church
DINNER:.Sergio’s Saravá

Following the highly popular Intimate Bach program last year, the four stellar principals of Apollo’s Fire turn to more of Bach’s virtuosic solo works. This time, the menu includes the famous Chaconne for Unaccompanied Violin, the darkly poetic Suite in C minor for Unaccompanied Cello, and the sparkling Flute Sonata in E minor.

J.S. Bach’s rarely performed masterpieces for unaccompanied solo instruments inhabit an intimate aural world. They receive soulful virtuosity in the hands of four dynamic artists of Apollo’s Fire.

The musicians of Apollo’s Fire are early music artists drawn from an international pool of period-instrument specialists. Gathering in Cleveland from across North America and Europe, these musicians share a common artistic vision, shaped by Music Director Jeannette Sorrell’s commitment to baroque music as a form of emotional communication.

Ms. Sorrell invites musicians according to the specialized repertoire and instrumentation of each program. Many of these artists have been playing with Apollo’s Fire for nearly 20 years, but some of them appear only in program(s) that correspond to their instrument and/or specialty.

Olivier Brault, concertmaster
A native of Montreal, Olivier holds a doctorate in baroque violin from the University of Montreal, and can be heard on over 20 CD recordings.

Kathie Stewart, (principal in Bach)

René Schiffer, principal
A native of Holland, René was a protégé of the great Anner Bylsma, and can be heard on over 50 recordings. He holds Soloist Diplomas with honors in both modern and baroque cello. YouTube: (click here) (

Jeannette Sorrell

DINNER: Sergio’s Saravá on Shaker Square, arrive between 5:30 to 6 p.m, 13225 Shaker Square, 44120, 216.295.1200. Saravá is on Northeast quadrant of Shaker Square. Valet parking is available or use the free lot behind CVS.

Directions: From the East Via Shaker Boulevard, drive west on Shaker Boulevard. The Square is 1.4 miles west of Lee Road (or .4 miles west of Coventry Road). Make a right at the light when you reach Shaker Square and Saravá is directly to your right.

CONCERT: St. Paul Episcopal Church, Fairmount west of Coventry, Cleveland Heights. This is a five-minute drive from Sergio's. There are parking lots across Fairmount and just west of the church. There is also street parking for early arrivals.

Our friends at Apollo's Fire will offer a 25-percent Members-Only Discount for tonight’s performance. Discount is good for A- and B-level seating. A-level seats are normally $45, but just $33 for Music Cleveland! Members. B-level seats are normally $32, reduced to $24 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 216.320.0012 or 800.314.2535, ext 1. We have targeted seating in Section A, but the discount will also apply to the lower cost Section B.

For ticket purchase, use the Members-only discount code – presented during the RSVP process – discounts ONLY available for telephone orders:

Apollo’s Fire (click here) (

“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).


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“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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