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.