NEW: Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo's Fire perform "Mozart and the Chevalier"

Apollo's Fire 30th anniversary concert at Severance Music Center, Cleveland

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Sonya Haedlam — Soprano

Francisco Fullana — Violinist

Apollo's Fire

Jeannette Sorrell — Conductor

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Baroque orchestra par excellence, Apollo's Fire celebrates its 30th anniversary with this extraordinary concert from Cleveland's famed Severance Music Center! Under the dynamic direction of founder Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble demonstrate their mastery of the craft that has won them such great renown over three decades, performing a delectable mix of longtime favorite works and exciting (re)discoveries by Mozart and one of his illustrious contemporaries, the Chevalier de Saint-George.

The anniversary gala opens with the famous overture from Mozart's Don Giovanni, then intersperses more music by the Salzburg-born titan with that of another composer who is less known today but whose place in music history is essential: Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-George, sometimes referred to as the "Black Mozart." Born in Guadeloupe, Saint-George rose through the ranks of French high society thanks to his exceptional musical gifts—but his way was often blocked by prejudice, and he has been relegated to relative obscurity in the history books. Join Apollo's Fire and maestra Sorrell on this unique and unforgettable musical journey!

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