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Apollo's Fire - J. S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion"


7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

$12 - $30

Capital University

Mees Hall

1 College Ave.

Columbus, OH 43209

(614) 973-1961

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Apollo’s Fire and conductor Jeannette Sorrell – both GRAMMY award winners – bring a dramatic presentation of Bach’s transcendent oratorio. Featuring a double choir and double orchestra, world-class soloists, and children’s choir, this is a festive event to open Holy Week. In Sorrell's conception, the singers in the character roles perform from memory and interact with each other. Bach’s resounding sense of community envelopes the performance, as members of the chorus stand in the aisles and the audience joins in singing the chorales – just as Bach’s congregation did nearly 300 years ago. This performance includes a collaboration with members of The Columbus Children's Choir and The Chapel Choir of Capital University.

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric. 

“A resplendent performance…The production belonged entirely to Ms. Sorrell, who devised the concept, which she called ‘a dramatic presentation’…exquisite moments. The magnificent chorus [sang] to breathtaking effect…” ~ New York Times

This performance partially supported by The Johnstone Fund for Music.