The next program in the 2017-2018 St. Peter’s Music Series will take place on Wednesday, when Mansfield welcomes Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration, with Apollo’s Fire, as they return to present this world-premiere performance.
The performance will begin at 7 PM at St. Peter’s Church. Under the direction of Jeanette Sorrell, and featuring Soprano Amanda Powell and Tenor Ross Hauck, the Apollo’s Singers will be accompanied by strings, lute, banjo and hammered dulcimer in this tribute to the roots of Appalachian music for the holidays.
Suggested donation for the program is $10 per person, although no one will be turned away because of an inability to donate.
According to its website, Apollo’s Fire, named for the classical god of music and the sun, was founded in 1992 by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell.
Sold out at Tanglewood, in Madrid and at the BBC Proms in London, the Cleveland-based ensemble brings world-class performances in a continuous “tour” of Northeast Ohio neighborhoods. Apollo’s Fire subscription programs have repeatedly been chosen by Gramophone and BBC Magazine as among the “Top 20 concerts in North America.”
In this new program created by Jeannette Sorrell, the beloved troupe from the Sugarloaf Mountain summer program joins a wider cast with chorus, children’s voices, and additional instruments to celebrate the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From the mystical Gregorian chant of old Scotland to folk carols and shape-note hymns at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Appalachia… the people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.