Apollo's Fire presents 'Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain'
To ring in the holiday season, Apollo’s Fire presents the world premiere Christmas rendition of its popular countryside program. Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain celebrates the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas, with shape note hymns, folk carols, Gregorian chant of old Scotland, and lively dance tunes. It expands upon the original concept, with a larger cast of characters, additional instruments and a chorus and children’s voices.
Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell will lead a familiar cast, including Amanda Powell and Ross Hauck, as they evoke the journey of the Irish and Scottish immigrants who built new lives in the Appalachian hills.
The concert will be performed locally on Dec. 8 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Dec. 9 at the First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights. The Shaker Heights performance will be followed by a free Afterglow reception with the artists. Additional performances include Dec. 2 in Akron, Dec. 3 in Willoughby Hills, and Dec. 10 in Bay Village.
As a part of its Community Access Initiative, the group is offering reduced price “P\presto” seats at $12. Apollo’s Fire will also be offering free student rush tickets to all performances, depending upon availability. Tickets and more information are available at www.apollosfire.org.
Melanie Emig, Apollo’s Fire's patron services associate, holds a B\bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and a master’s degree in opera theater from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She currently maintains a Suzuki piano studio at The Music Settlement.