Cleveland’s own internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning ensemble Apollo’s Fire brings to life the music of the past for audiences of today. Join us for this special occasion in which the group presents their program “Wassail! An Irish Appalachian Christmas,” created and directed by Jeannette Sorrell.
On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia, this heartwarming program follows the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic. Irish singer Fiona Gillespie joins with fiddles, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, and bagpipes in this communal celebration of the American immigrant experience. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with love, singing, dancing, and prayer.
A preconcert lecture will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the recital hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets and more information can be found on the Apollo’s Fire website.