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  • A couple off to the left dances while the seated and standing musicians clad in whimsical folk dress watch and perform.

Apollo’s Fire
The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain:
A Celtic-Appalachian Celebration

with Amanda Powell, soprano, and Ross Hauck, tenor

7:30 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

Long ago, the ancient carols and lively fiddle tunes of Celtic Europe came across the water and took root in the hills of Virginia. They mingled with shape-note hymns and African spirituals to create the soulful Christmas music of Appalachia. The people of the mountains raised their voices to welcome the Christ child in love, singing, dancing, and prayer.

In this new holiday program, Apollo’s Fire explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. The concert — featuring eleven instrumentalists, sixteen chorus members, and two vocal soloists — follows the joys and sorrows of the Celtic immigrants who crossed the Atlantic to build new lives.

A ClevelandClassical.com reviewer calls Sugarloaf Mountain “a triumph … an absolutely joyous achievement. Haunting melodies, foot-stomping jigs and reels, and a healthy dose of comedy, all with musicianship of the highest order.”

The acclaimed period-instrument ensemble, which has become a cherished visitor to Penn State, has played to packed halls at venues such as the BBC Proms in London, the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts.

Artistic Director and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell has designed four previous creative crossover programs, each of which has become a top-ten album on the Billboard classical chart.

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance.

Adult $44
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $34

Gay and James Dunne

support provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment

Secondary Events on Each Event

Master Class featuring Apollo’s Fire violinists

9:45 am Friday, December 1, 2017

110 Music Building I

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to observe as Apollo’s Fire violinists Susanna Perry Gilmore and Julie Andrijeski lead a seventy-five-minute master class for Penn State School of Music strings students.

Common Hour featuring Apollo’s Fire musicians

2:30 pm Friday, December 1, 2017

110 Music Building I

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to attend a Penn State School of Music Common Hour featuring Apollo’s Fire musicians Kathie Stewart (Baroque flute), René Schiffer (cello), Emi Tanabe (violin), and Jeannette Sorrell (harpsichord and artistic director). The one-hour event includes a lecture-demonstration and performance of musical excerpts.