Apollo's Fire Holy Week Special

Apollo's Fire Holy Week Special

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 1:00pm

Pictured: Performers of Apollo's Fire

Credit: Apollo's Fire

WXXI is proud to present Apollo's Fire.

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers, Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s premier Baroque ensemble, presents this work on period instruments. Apollo's Fire Holy Week Special airs Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5/FM-HD91.5-1.

Taking its name from the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on the period instruments for which it was written. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell gathers a select pool of dynamic and creative early-music artists from throughout North America and Europe. The ensemble has been praised internationally for stylistic freshness and buoyancy, animated spontaneity, technical excellence, and for the creativity of Sorrell’s programming.

Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by Sorrell, a young award-winning harpsichordist and conductor, who studied with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. The ensemble was launched with the assistance of Roger Wright, then Artistic Administrator of the Cleveland Orchestra (presently head of classical programming at the BBC).