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2019 Grammy Winner Apollo’s Fire to Revive Early Music in Shannon Hall

2019 Grammy Winner Apollo’s Fire to Revive Early Music in Shannon Hall

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The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Apollo’s Fire on Saturday, 03/30/19 at 7:30p.m. in Shannon Hall. Prices for the event are as follows: General Public are $25/$43/$47, Union Members are $25/$39/$43, UW Faculty/Staff are $25/$41/$45, Youth are $20, and UW-Madison students are $10. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.


Apollo’s Fire, known for its animated and vibrant performance style, is a period-instrument ensemble specializing in Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music. The Cleveland-based group was founded in 1992 by artistic director Jeanette Sorrell, and has since released 27 albums.

The ensemble won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for “Songs of Orpheus” in collaboration with tenor Karim Sulayman.


Their program for this concert is a lively array of suites and concerts by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi, including dueling double-concertos as well as Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (Madness), which the orchestra plays from memory.


There will be a free preconcert lecture by Trevor Stephenson at 6p.m. Stephenson moved to Madison in 1990 after attaining several degrees in piano performance. Since 2004 he has served as harpsichordist and Artistic Director for the Madison Bach Musicians. He also rebuilds and customizes keyboard instruments ranging from Victorian pianos to Italian Renaissance harpsichords.


At 7 pm, Sonora Strings and Prelude Strings will perform a pre-concert. They are the senior and junior performing ensembles of the music academy Suzuki Strings of Madison. Sonora has had the privilege of playing before Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Eighth Blackbird. Sonora was established 17 years ago and tours yearly. It has been to Vancouver, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, San Diego and Minneapolis, to name a few


Apollo’s Fire is this season’s Fan Taylor Memorial Concert. This concert is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsor is WORT, 89.9 FM.