Cleveland starts the year with lyrical timpani, hilarious Haydn and vital Nielsen

United StatesUnited States Various: Paul Yancich (timpani), Liv Redpath (soprano), Justin Austin (baritone), Cleveland Orchestra / Alan Gilbert (conductor). Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, 5.1.2023. (MSJ)

Paul Yancich performing James Oliverio’s Legacy Ascendant © Roger Mastroianni

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Apollo’s Fire makes Handel’s Messiah a Christmas miracle in Ohio

United StatesUnited States Handel, Messiah: Sonya Headlam, Erica Schuller (sopranos), Amanda Crider (mezzo-soprano), Steven Caldicott Wilson (tenor), Edward Vogel (baritone), Apollo’s Singers, Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor). St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, 8.12.2022. (MSJ)

Jeannette Sorrell © Apollo’s Fire

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John Adams brings ‘El Niño’ to Cleveland

United StatesUnited States Adams, El Niño: Lauren Snouffer (soprano), Josefina Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Davóne Tines (bass-baritone), Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley (countertenors), Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (director: Lisa Wong), Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus (director: Jennifer Rosza), Cleveland Orchestra / John Adams (conductor). Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, 18.11.2022. (MSJ)

John Adams leads the Cleveland Orchestra, choruses and soloists © Roger Mastroianni

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Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire summons Baroque storms

United StatesUnited States Various, Apollo Fire’s ‘Storms & Tempests’: Amanda Forsythe (soprano), Alan Choo (violin), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor). First United Methodist Church, Akron, Ohio, 10.11.2022. (MSJ)

Jeannette Sorrell (conductor) and Amanda Forsythe (soprano) © Apollo’s Fire

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