Soprano Amanda Forsythe once again joins Apollo's Fire for an evening of passionate opera arias and fiery string concertos in three concerts in various locations April 24 through 27.

Other highlights of the evening include concertmaster and associate concertmaster, Olivier Brault and Johanna Novom, joining forces for Vivaldi's virtuosic "Concerto in A minor for Two Violins." In addition, flutist Kathie Stewart perform's Vivaldi's sparkling "Goldfinch" Concerto in D major (Il Gardellino). The orchestral highlight of the evening, however, promises to be Vivaldi's "La Folia" (Madness), which has won accolade around the globe, performing to sold-out crowds at the Wigmore Hall and Madrid Royal Theatre. Performed by memory, this piece features violin soloists Olivier Brault and Julie Andrijeski.

After local performances with Forsythe, the program heads to Europe to join with French sensation Sandrine Piau (soprano) stopping in Birmingham (Birmingham International Concert Series) and London (St John's Smith Square), UK and the Bregenz Festival Hall (Austria). Performances May 7 through 10. Tour details may be found at

Tickets for local performances start at $21. Student, senior, young adult, and group discounts are available in select seating sections, and may only be obtained by calling the box office. Student tickets are free in Akron, made possible by the GAR Foundation. Tickets are available through the Apollo's Fire box office at 216-) 320-0012 or online at

Pre-concert talks will be given one hour before each concert by violist Karina Schmitz. Talks are sponsored by the Friends of Apollo's Fire.


April 24, 7:30 p.m., Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 West Market St., Fairlawn

April 25 and 26, 8 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

April 27, 4 p.m., Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River