Apollo’s Fire Sugarloaf Mountain

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM

The much-beloved sounds of Appalachia return to Gretna by popular demand!


Long ago, the sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles came across the water, taking root in the hills of Virginia. They mingled with Southern hymns and African spirituals, creating the soulful music we call Appalachian. The acclaimed ensemble Apollo’s Fire performs this hardscrabble music “with grace and power.” (Grammophone)

Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (THE INDEPENDENT, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Subsequent European tours took place in 2011, 2014, and 2015. European performances include sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London (with live broadcast across Europe), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and major venues in Lisbon, Metz (France), and Bregenz (Austria), as well as concerts on the Birmingham International Series (UK) and the Tuscan Landscapes Festival (Italy).

The domestic last-stop before the tour departs for Europe!

The Program

“Haunting melodies, foot-stomping jigs and reels, stories, and a healthy dose of comedy, all with musicianship of the highest order.The audience sang, clapped, shed a few tears, and laughed, ultimately enjoying a taste of the good times that our mountain forebears must have had. The program is an ingenious conception of Apollo’s Fire director Jeannette Sorrell, the fruit of considerable research… A rich tapestry of the dark, the joyful, the sad, and the humorous, all of which the deep treasury of Appalachian music encompasses. At times songs segued seamlessly into one another to add to the sense of a journey through time. The logic of song sequence and changes of moods were beautifully placed and yielded a powerful effect… An absolutely joyous achievement.”


PROLOGUE:  Farewell to the Isles

The Mountains of Rhùm, arr. Sorrell from the trad. Scottish, Cuillens of Rhùm


We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar, trad. British & Canadian sea shanty, arr. Sorrell

Farewell to Ireland – Highlander’s Farewell, trad. Irish & Appalachian reels



Nottamun Town, trad. Medieval English and Appalachian ballad, arr. Kay

Brian Kay, vocals & long-neck dulcimer

The Cruel Sister, trad. English-Appalachian ballad, arr. Sorrell

Amanda Powell, vocals

Dark Island – Lark in the Morning – Kesh Jigg – Knights of St. Patrick, trad. Irish, arr. Stewart

Kathie Stewart, flute


Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, trad. Scots-Appalachian, arr. Schiffer and Sorrell
Ross Hauck, vocals


I Wonder as I Wander – Kitchen Girl – Over the Isles to America, trad. Appalachian and Irish, arr. Sorrell

Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord



The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, trad. British-Appalachian ballad, arr. Sorrell

Amanda Powell, vocals

Hop High Ladies-June Apple Reel trad. Appalachian

Ian Crane, bagpipes



Oh Susanna, Stephen Foster (1826-1864), arr. Sorrell

Pretty Peg-Far from Home,trad. Irish Reels, arr. Schiffer

Susanna Perrry Gilmore, fiddle; with René Schiffer, cello



Once I Had a Sweetheart, trad. British and Appalachian Ballad

Wayfaring Stranger, trad, shape-note hymn

Pretty Betty Martin-Katy Did-Red Rockin’ Chair, trad. Appalachian, arr.


Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer & vocals

Just before the Battle, Mother, George F. Root (181820-1895)

Ross Hauck, vocals

Go March Along, trad. Southern spiritual

Amanda Powell, vocals



Glory in the Meeting House, trad. Kentucky fiddle tunes, arr. Sorrell, Schiffer, and Bergmann

Holy Manna (Brethern, We Have Met to Worship), shape-note hymn from The Southern Harmony, 1835

The Morning Trumpet, shape-note hymn from The Southern Harmony, 1835

Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, trad. Southern spiritual, arr. Sorrell

Amanda Powell, vocals



Sugarloaf Mountain, arr. Sorrell from the trad. Scottish, Cuillens of Rhùm

Ways of the World, trad. fiddle tune, arr. Sorrell, Schiffer, and Bergmann

The Composer

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

The Artists

Jeannette Sorrell made her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2013 as conductor and soloist in the complete Brandenburg Concertos. With standing ovations every night, the event was hailed as “an especially joyous occasion” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). Other guest conducting engagements include the Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony (Miami), Utah Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), the Opera Theatre of St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Houston Early Music Festival where she filled in for British conductor Richard Egarr on five days’ notice, leading the complete Brandenburg Concertos and playing the harpsichord solo in Brandenburg No. 5.

Cast Members Include Amanda Powell, Ross Hauck, Tina Bergmann, Susanna Gilmore, Kathie Stewart, Brian Kay and René Schiffer

Venue Details

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse 200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508