Officially founded in the Twin Cities in 1895, but with roots extending as far back as 1887, Apollo Club has grown to be one of America's oldest, continuously performing and well-traveled male choruses. Its unprecedented repertoire of secular and sacred works is supported by one of the world's largest libraries of men's choral music.
While the organization has made a distinguishing impact on the life of the local arts community, its presence has extended nationally and globally, too, as represented in the following notable events:
"THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD" FILM
Invited by Writer Lowell Thomas to perform two pieces for his 1956 motion picture—with a live performance of its premier in Chicago. "This Is My Country" served as the background of the film's finale.
INAUGURAL BALL, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER
Performed in 1957 as part of the inaugural festivities in Washington D.C., launching President Dwight Eisenhower's second term in office.
BRUSSELS' WORLD FAIR
Garnered fame on the global stage by performing at Expo 58 in 1958.
EISTEDDFOD INTERNATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION, WALES
Earned the distinguished honor of second place in this world competition in 1982 — being the first chorus in any category to place in the top three of first-time performers.
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL KATHAUMIXW FESTIVAL
Held in British Columbia, Canada, Apollo performed and placed second in the "Equal Voice Choir" Division in 1998.
Apollo Club continues its tradition of offering world-class performances in the Twin Cities and beyond with a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2014.
MINNESOTA MUSIC HALL OF FAME
The Apollo Club was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in November, 2017.
History in Pictures:
Birthplace of the Apollo Club. Home of Col. Charles McC. Reeve on the south shore of Lake Harriet, Minneapolis. (1895)
Lyceum Theater in 1896 where the Apollo Club held its first public concert. The Lyceum Theater was home for the Apollo Club for over 50 years! (1896)
Concert program for the first public concert of the Apollo Club at the Lyceum Theater (1896)
Early years of the Apollo Club were at the Lyceum Theater under the direction of Hal S. Woodruff. (1914)
The Apollo Club in 1920, with Hal S. Woodruff, conductor & William Rhys Herbert, accompanist.
Grand opening of the Minneapolis Auditorium on April 1. The Apollo Club and the Minneapolis Symphony performed "Frithof" by Max Bruch. (1927)
The Apollo Club & William MacPhail, conductor. William MacPhail is the founder of the MacPhail School of Music. (1931)
Helen Jepson, Metropolitan Opera soprano, was serenaded by one hundred Apollo Club members. (1941)
Apollo & C. Wesley Anderson, conductor (1950)
Apollo recording in celebration of the State of Minnesota Centennial. (1958)
Apollo performs an impromptu concert on the front steps of the American Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair—aka Expo 58. (1958)
Apollo performs at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. (1969)
Apollo performs with the Golden Harps: Lorraine Wiklander, Mary Wiklander, Kitty Elisason, and Anne Ransom (1973)
Apollo Club 80th Anniversary at Orchestra Hall with Raymond Cutting, conductor & Jerome Brakke and Ann Codding Olson, accompanists. (1975)
Apollo at Orchestra Hall under the direction of Roger S. Hoel with member Willie Hale as soloist. (1987)
Apollo at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall (1993)
The Apollo Male Chorus competes for the 2nd time at—what many consider the Olympics of choral competition—the Eisteddfod Choral Festival in Llangollen, Wales. (2000)
Apollo traveled to Newfoundland for "Festival 500" (2005)
Apollo members and traveling companions await the opening ceremonies of "Festival 500" in St. John's, Newfoundland. (2005)
Apollo performs with several international choirs at "Festival 500" in St. John's, Newfoundland. (2005)
Kayaking in Newfoundland (Apollo + groupies) (2005)
Apollo performs for shoppers at a local mall in St. Johns. (2005)
Apollo performs at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center. (2007)
Carnegie Artists (2014)
Outside of Carnegie Hall (2014)
Apollo Club outside the Carnegie Deli - just across the street from Carnegie Hall. Done with dress rehearsal, ready to go on stage. (2014)
Singing in Carnegie Hall - 207 men with a full orchestra (2014)
The Apollo Club is now under the artistic direction of Dr. Aaron Humble.