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Apollo's Fire Presents Two New Young Artist Concerts, 3/14-16

Apollo's Fire Presents Two New Young Artist Concerts, 3/14-16

Apollo's Fire presents the outstanding young professionals from AF's Young Artist Apprentice Program in two new programs! Young Artist Concerts Music Collision: Art Meets Folk, 1614 & Family Concerts Ballads & Other Musical Tall Tales. Performances are March 14-16, 2014 They are featuring Madeline Apple Healey, soprano, Augusta McKay Lodge, violin, Cynthia Black, violin & viola, and David Ellis, cello & viola da gamba.

Four of AF's outstanding Young Artist Apprentices take the stage in AF's first-ever set of Young Artist Concerts. The 90-min program of chamber music is titled Music Collision: Art Meets Folk, 1614. The musicians explore the "collision" that took place in the early 17th century between serious art music and popular folk tunes. In this period, great composers such as Monteverdi, Buxtehude and Byrd wrote variations on the popular "blues" patterns of the late Renaissance. The program will also feature two

Elizabethan ballads performed by Madeline Apple Healey. True to AF's interactive experience, the audience is invited for coffee and conversations with these young artists following the program.

As an added bonus, this troupe of four artists will also perform two concerts in AF's popular Family Concert format. Ballads & Other Musical Tall Tales is a 45-minute interactive program for the young and young-at-heart, ages 6-96. It explores storytelling through music, and presents the opportunity to mingle with the artists and talk about their instruments.

The themes for both programs were conceived by Music Director Jeannette Sorrell, who has been working with the four young artists to choose repertoire that breaks down the "modern" barrier between art music and popular music. Sorrell explains that there was not such a wall between these two genres in the baroque period as there is today. As the Plain Dealer writes, "Sorrell proves that scholarship and fun aren't mutually exclusive."

ABOUT THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM:

Since 2002, Jeannette Sorrell and her principal players have helped to train future Apollo's Fire musicians by working with advanced conservatory students, sharing Apollo's Fire's particular style and approach to baroque music. The program developed out of Jeannette Sorrell's desire to bridge the gap for talented students on the verge of professional careers.

The program has guided many talented young musicians into professional careers. Former apprentices include violinists Johanna Novom, Adriane Post, Beth Wenstrom, Evan Few and Carrie Krause, and violist Karina Schmitz - all now professional period specialists. Over the past 12 years, the program has played a major role in shaping the next generation of early music performers.

Sorrell and her colleagues take turns coaching advanced students from the major conservatories - primarily Oberlin and the Cleveland Institute of Music. From there outstanding students are invited to audition for an apprentice position in the ensemble. Apprentices perform alongside the more seasoned musicians of AF, participating in touring, recording, and subscription concerts, as well as all aspects of the Education & Outreach Program. Apprentices are eligible to become full-fledged members of AF after two years of successful participation in the program.

TICKETS:

Tickets are general admission: $10 for adults and $5 for youth under 18.

To order in advance, call the Apollo's Fire box office at (216) 320-0012 or visit AF online at www.apollosfire.org. Based on availability, tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the concert.

The Box Office opens on location one hour prior to each concert.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS:

Friday, March 14, 8PM Chagrin Falls United Methodist

Music Collision 20 South Franklin Street

Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Saturday, March 15, 1PM St. Noel Church

Family Concert 35200 Chardon Road

Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

Saturday, March 15, 8PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Music Collision 2747 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

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