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Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Performs Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at Kent State University

Posted Feb. 23, 2012

Apollo's Fire presents Mozart's The Magic Flute in Cartwright Auditorium on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Apollo's Fire takes Mozart's masterpiece back to its roots - as popular music theatre in it's anniversary "Event of the Season" marking 221 years for Mozart's box-office hit and 20 years of passionate period-instrument performances by Apollo's Fire. With the landmark performance at Kent State, an educational mini-concert for children, and a special lecture by visiting international scholar Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, Mozart's The Magic Flute promises to be a delight for the whole family!

Mozart's The Magic FluteApollo's Fire Orchestra
Abridged 2-hour English adaptation

LINDA BROVSKY, Stage Director
CARLOS FITTANTE, Choreographer
RACHEL COPELAND, Queen of the Night
KAY KONRAD, Scenic Banners Designer

Mozart's masterpiece is known for it's multi-layered symbolism and rich tapestry of fantasy and legend. Sorrell's "vision of musical authenticity...guided by a shared commitment to honest emotional expression" (BBC Magazine) once again shines in a program that mixes the highest levels of artistry with folklore. In addition to the perfect blend of classical and folk, fable and fantasy, Mozart's masterpiece requires a delicate balance of drama and music - something AF achieves in its commitment to period style. As Fanfare Record Magazine cites "Sorrell is an outstanding Mozartian - a near-perfect blend of drama and the ability to sing." And Classical Music Magazine cites "one of the brightest lights of period-instrument playing in the United States...arguably the most distinctive in sound and memorable in style. Its trademark qualities: expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion."

The Magic Flute DancersAlso unique to these performances is the glockenspiel that AF has secured from overseas tolling each night to wake Papageno's birds to life. Recently used in the Queen Elizabeth Hall performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, this unique instrument was constructed by Robin Jenning of Hildenborough as an authentic keyed glockenspiel. Audience members accustomed to hearing the celeste as Papgeno's bells are in for a surprise as they instead hear the instrument Mozart originally intended.

TICKETS: Call (800) 314-2535 or visit for details. Tickets starting at $25. Student, senior, young adult, and group discounts are available.

SPECIAL LECTURE: Join visiting international scholar Dr. Benjamin Dunlap as he discusses multilayered symbolism in "Masonic Ritual & Egyptian Legend in The Magic Flute" one hour before the performance.

CHILDREN'S CONCERT: Apollo's Fire will present a 45-minute educational concert introducing children to the world of Papageno and his magic Queen. Only by learning to be truthful was Papageno finally rewarded with the girlfriend of his dreams. A small ensemble leads children through some of the show's most delightful musical moments. - an interactive experience complete with colorful costumes.

Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Cartwright Auditorium, Kent State University
450 Hilltop Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242

Tickets for the Children's Concert: Adults - $10, Children under 18 - $5
Tickets will be sold at the door for this educational event, but advance ordering is recommended. For each child's ticket that you buy for the Children's Concert, receive a discount voucher for a child or college student to attend the full 2-hour performance of The Magic Flute, March 22-24.  The three performances are March 22 (7:30 p.m.) at Finney Chapel in Oberlin, OH, March 23 at Severance Hall (8 p.m.), or March 24 at Kent State University (8 p.m.).


For more information contact:

Sarah Blue, Marketing Manager, Apollo's Fire,, 216-320-0012