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Apollo Orchestra


The Apollo Orchestra

The Apollo Orchestra provides a platform for the Washington D.C. area’s finest young professional musicians. Many recently graduated from major music schools and conservatories from the metropolitan area, the nation, and from around the world. They join forces with exciting accomplished opera singers and vibrant instrumental soloists, many in the early stages of their international professional careers, The Apollo Orchestra offers dynamic interpretations of the major orchestral, opera, and concerto repertoire, as well as underperformed gems of all eras.

The Apollo Orchestra’s vision to bring a unique, educational, up-close live musical experience for our audiences and communities, through the magic of our symphony orchestra, at easy to access, informal venues is realized through our concerts and meet-the-artists receptions, which are FREE, and open to the public.  The Apollo Orchestra is generously funded entirely by The Robert Downing Family Foundation, which
allows us to maintain our free admission policy in hopes of drawing the widest possible audience.  The Apollo Orchestra is directed and administered by Robert Downing, President, Virginia Lum, Executive and Artistic Director, and Lynn Downing, Executive Vice-President.  Join us!

Upcoming Performances

Video 3/10/2019: Apollo Orchestra

The Apollo Orchestra is thrilled to feature Grammy®–nominated cello virtuoso soloist Amit Peled as they return to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The Terrace Theater performance will include orchestral works by Rossini, Saint Saens, and Kodaly.

Free general admission tickets--up to two per person—will be distributed in the States Gallery, beginning at 5 p.m.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/16/2016: The Apollo Orchestra

The Apollo Orchestra, led by Maestro Stephen Czarkowski, performs with Croatian virtuoso classical guitarist Ana Vidovic in a program that includes Asturias for solo guitar by Isaac Albéniz; Symphony No. 1 in one movement by Samuel Barber; Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, his best known work; and Alborada del gracioso, a movement from Maurice Ravel's suite Miroirs.

Video 2/25/2015: Apollo Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell

The D.C. group presents Dance Music of the Americas, featuring Ginastera, Copland, Stravinsky, and Arturo Márquez. The program also features Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell as guest soloist in the orchestral premiere of excerpts from Ricky Ian Gordon’s Genius Child, and in the spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

Apollo Orchestra