Apollo’s Fire “Sneak Peek”


Christmas Hoedown! Weaving a Tapestry of Art, Story & Tradition

A Special Peek Behind the Scenes!
Why you should see this show…

How do you turn folk tunes into an artistic program? And what the heck are shape-note hymns? Join the Apollo’s Fire’s folk-music wing for a behind-the scenes peek at Jeannette Sorrell’s new Irish-Appalachian program, Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. The 5-member troupe performs highlights from the new Christmas program and discusses the creative process. A mix of great food, music, and discussion!

Apollo's Fire Bio
“Never think that classical music boring –
never, if it’s done as well as Apollo’s Fire does it.”

– CoolCleveland.com

For over 16 years, Apollo’s Fire and Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell have developed a unique ensemble of crossover artists who specialize in early traditional folk repertoire. Performing in a historically informed aesthetic but with the lively freedom of folk performers, these artists strive to break down the modern barrier between art music and popular music. They revive the “crossover” spirit of the 17th century – a time when great composers regularly wrote artful variations on street tunes and tavern songs.

Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have won numerous distinctions for their pioneering work. Sorrell’s premiere early American program, titled “Spirit of ’96,” received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for reconstructions of early American compositions and arrangements of Ohio folk songs. In 2008, Sorrell was awarded a special grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to research and create “Come to the River: An Early American Gathering,” which premiered in 2009 with 9 sold-out concerts in Northeast Ohio. The program has since toured throughout the U.S, and the international CD released on British label AVIE became a top-10 bestseller on the Billboard classical chart. In 2012, Sorrell collaborated with Sylvain Bergeron and Meredith Hall to create “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers” which has performed to sold-out crowds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as in Northeast Ohio.  This program was released on CD in 2013 and debuted at No. 11 on Billboard.

In 2014, Sorrell created “Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering” which was released on CD in 2015 and debuted at No. 5 on Billboard. Winning rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, the CD was praised as “music that asks questions about life and death, and bores into the American national psyche at visceral and emotional levels… profoundly spontaneous” (Gramophone). In 2014, Sorrell collaborated with Sephardic specialist Nell Snaidas to create “Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews.” This was released on CD in 2016 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard World Music chart, praised as “revelatory and first-class” (BBC Music Magazine).

Jeannette Sorrell,harpsichord, direction, and primary musical arranger, is a leading voice in the new generation of early music conductors. As a conductor, she studied at the Tanglewood Festival under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington, and served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Festival. As a harpsichordist, she is the winner of two international competitions. In addition to founding and directing Apollo’s Fire, she has performed as keyboard artist with the Cleveland Orchestra and as guest conductor and soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Handel & Haydn Society.

Ms. Sorrell’s several awards include an honorary doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She also received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for her reconstructions and arrangements of early American music. She also received two prestigious “American Masterpieces” grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for the research, production and touring of “Come to the River.” As a teenager, Ms. Sorrell lived in the rural Shenandoah Valley, where she grew to love Appalachian music and Southern harmony.


Brunch Buffet: $18.00
Kids Price: $8.00 for kids 12 & under

Assorted pastries, muffins, and breads
Fresh fruit, sliced melons, and berries

Classic eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce
Smoked bacon and sausage
Scrambled eggs
Build your own breakfast burrito.
Warm flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese, and house made salsa
Breakfast potatoes
Bananas Foster French Toast
Weekly hot entrée and vegetable
(Chef’s whim)
Seasonal salad (Chef’s whim)
Cold cereal with Soy and Low Fat Milks
Flavored yogurts

All musical brunches can be found here.

ATTENTION: Brunches require a ticket to enter and the brunch buffet is an additional, option charge. If you have a party of 4 or more, we strongly recommend you separately make a table reservation so that your party can sit together. To reserve seating for 4 or more, please have one member of your party call (216) 242-1250 or visit opentable.com.