Seasonal Special Happenings

Apollo's Fire

When: Thu., March 3 2011

When we tally up this region's cultural assets, Apollo's Fire is always near the top of our list. Whether the baroque orchestra is performing Acadian reels at a country estate or Handel's Messiah in a cathedral, the players, under the direction of the ever-animated Jeannette Sorrell, deliver an evocative combination of passion and technical perfection — usually while playing period instruments. This weekend, they apply those qualities to a series of 17th-century German chamber music concerts, including works by Heinrich Biber and Johann Christoph Bach. Like the music, the concerts' aim is to expound upon the great mysteries of the church and bring the listener to a state of personal devotion. Helping achieve those lofty aims are violinist Veronika Skuplik and vocalist Jeffrey Strauss. The series launches tonight at 7:30 at the Fairlawn Lutheran Church. On Friday and Saturday, the orchestra moves to Cleveland Heights; Sunday, you'll find them in Rocky River. Tickets start at $21. For venue info and ticket orders, call 216-320-0012 or go to apollosfire.org. — Cicora

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