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Apollo’s Fire lights up D'Angelo stage at Mercyhurst

Friday, December 2, 2016

Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will light up the stage this holiday season with their interpretation of Handel’s Messiah on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Hailed as “the U.S.A.’s hottest Baroque band” by Classical Music Magazine, Apollo’s Fire has been bringing the world of classical music to the forefront of the music industry since Jeannette Sorrell, award-winning harpsichordist and conductor, founded the company in 1992.

The 2016-17 season marks a milestone anniversary for Apollo’s Fire; it has been 25 years since Sorrell envisioned an ensemble of creative artists, including musicians and singers, uniting together to dedicate their talents to the Baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts, or passions, in its listeners.

As the most active American touring Baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire has completed four European tours, with sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms, the Royal Theatre of Madrid, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Tanglewood Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and many other venues, including its live and BBC-broadcasted London debut at Wigmore Hall in 2010.

BBC Magazine included Apollo’s Fire in its list of Top 20 Concerts in North America, and the St. Louis Dispatch named it “one of the world’s finest Baroque specialists.” Additionally, the company’s professional straight-tone chorus has been praised as “one of the finest choirs of its kind in the country” by The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for youth (10 and under). For more information, visit, or call 824-3000.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Mercyhurst students who bring their IDs to the box office.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of H. Jack’s Plumbing & Heating Co., WQLN, Cumulus Media, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.