Named for the classical God of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by Jeannette Sorrell to revive the Baroque ideal that music should evoke various Affekts or passions in ...
Named for the classical God of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by Jeannette Sorrell to revive the Baroque ideal that music should evoke various Affekts or passions in listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Hailed by London’s The Independent as “one of the preeminent period-instrument ensembles,” Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 at Wigmore Hall with a BBC broadcast, and went on to subsequent European tours in 2011, 2014, and 2015. It has performed at the BBC Proms in London, which was broadcast live across Europe; Aldeburgh Festival; Birmingham International Concert Series (now called Birmingham Classical); and the festival Musical Landscapes in Tuscany. The group has given concerts at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and major venues in Lisbon, Metz, and Bregenz.
In North America, Apollo’s Fire has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival and School, as well as at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, and other major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The ensemble has given two major US tours of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and a nine-concert tour of the “Brandenburg” concertos in 2013.
The ensemble makes its Carnegie Hall debut this evening and will return to the Boston Early Music Festival at the end of March. Upcoming tours include a semi-staged production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, as well as a tour to the UK and Ireland with performances at Ireland’s National Opera House and National Concert Hall, and a return to the Aldeburgh Festival.
Apollo’s Fire has released 25 commercial CDs and currently records for Avie Records. The ensemble’s recordings have won rave reviews in the London press. Seven of the ensemble’s CDs have become bestsellers on Billboard’s classical chart, three recordings of early music and four crossover programs. The group’s latest release features Bach’s St. John Passion.