Amanda will take a breather from singing for this Apollo’s Fire performance and will instead direct the youngest early music singers in Cleveland! The Apollo’s Fire Musettes are a chamber ensemble of treble singers dedicated to studying early music performance practice and applying their study to their work with Apollo’s Fire. Amanda has the privilege of working with these young voices and will coach them in learning the children’s chorus parts of the St. Matthew’s Passion. Come hear their pure and beautiful voices alongside fabulous soloists, double choir, double orchestra and musical surprises around every corner.
Bach’s resplendent masterpiece is rarely performed live, due to the extraordinary forces required: 2 orchestras, 2 choirs, soloists, and children’s choir. Jeannette Sorrell leads a dramatic presentation, with singers performing from memory in the character roles. Bach’s resounding sense of community envelopes the performance as the audience joins in singing the chorales – just as Bach’s congregation did nearly 300 years ago.
“Resplendent… the magnificent chorus [sang] to breathtaking effect.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES (review of Apollo’s Fire’s St. John Passion, 2016)