An Apollo’s Fire Holiday Tradition – Handel’s MESSIAH

af_newlogo_pandg-1A Cleveland holiday tradition, Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell present a dramatic presentation of Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah. Taking their cue from Handel’s original conception of the piece as theatrical entertainment, Sorrell and her actor-singers take the listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey through this masterwork.

Friday, December 9, 8 p.m. – St. Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village

Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m. – Maltz Performing Arts Center, University Circle

Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m. – St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills

Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron

Friday, December 16, 8 p.m. – First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights

An English language oratorio, the Messiah tells the story of redemption and life’s victory over sin. Divided into three sections, the Oratorio opens with the annunciation and Jesus’s birth, Part Two depicts Christ’s Passion and Ascension, and Part Three contains the promise of eternal life and the Acclamation of the Messiah. The story praises the Glory of God, climaxing with the famous Hallelujah chorus. From sin to redemption, Apollo’s Fire’s inspirational interpretation depicts the journey from darkness to light in an uplifting performance.

Tenor Karim Sulayman and baritone Jeffrey Strauss return to the Apollo’s Fire stage as soloists, along with soprano Meredith Hall, who will perform the spiritual aria ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth.’ Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider will make her Apollo’s Fire debut.

Choose your Length! Apollo’s Fire will present two alternative versions of the Messiah so that you can choose a length according to your preferences. Performances on December 10 and 16 will last 2-1/2 hours, and the performances on December 9, 11, and 12 will be a slightly shorter, 2-1/4 hours. Please attend whichever length better suites your tastes.

Now an acclaimed CD, Jeannette Sorrell’s interpretation of Handel’s Messiah has inspired audiences across the country on many national tours and radio broadcasts. The program heads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City following five local performances.

“The players take their namesake Fire to heart.” – The New York Times

Meredith Hall, soprano; Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano; Karim Sulayman, tenor; Jeffery Strauss, baritone; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord

These concerts are generously sponsored by Landerhaven Dental Associates, Dr. Bill Lavigna D.D.S. and Dr. Joe Leon D.M.D.

Passion. Period.


Tickets are currently available and range from $25 – $75. Senior, student, and young professional pricing is available in select seating sections, and group discounts may be obtained by calling the box office. Student tickets are free in Akron thanks to the generosity of GAR Foundation. Tickets are available through the box office at (216) 320-0012 ex.1 or online at

A pre-concert lecture will be given at each performance by Donald Rosenberg. Lectures start one hour before the performance in a designated space at the venue. They are free to all ticket holders. An abstract of the lecture will be made available on the week of the first concert.

Join the large and lively crowd that attends!



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