Apollo’s Fire announces its 2017–18 season
On the heels of its 25th-anniversary season, Cleveland Heights-based Apollo’s Fire announces its 2017–18 programs under artistic director Jeannette Sorrell. Apollo's Fire is dedicated to reviving the true spirit of baroque performances.
The season commences in October with Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. Local performances are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights, and Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately two hours, with a 15-minute intermission.
New this year, Apollo’s Fire will offer reduced-price and free tickets as part of its Community Access Initiative. This initiative includes free student rush tickets, free family concerts, and a limited number of $12 “presto seats,” which will become available three weeks before a show begins.
Also new this year, Apollo’s Fire will present “Sneak Peeks” of select performances, which will feature WCLV's Ideastream radio personalities interviewing Apollo’s Fire artists as they prepare for upcoming programs. Patrons of these educational events will be able to order food, hear a sampling of the music, and learn more about the musical selections. The Sneak Peek for the October concerts, “Israel in Egypt: The People and the Music Behind Handel’s Oratorio,” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m., at Nighttown.
Apollo’s Fire fans can look forward to the rest of the 2017–18 season, with concerts featuring Apollo's Fire favorites Nicholas Phan and Amanda Forsythe, a Christmas reimagining of its popular Sugarloaf Mountain program, a return to its classic Bach’s Coffeehouse Orchestra show, and a special semi-staged production of Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo.
Melanie Emig is Apollo’s Fire's patron services associate, and is also a professional musician and music teacher.