Apollo’s Fire
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7:30PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band”

–CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE, UK

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor/harpsichord

Virtuoso Bach & Vivaldi

Praised for its “joyous spontaneity” (THE NEW YORKER) and “superlative music-making” (DAILY TELEGRAPH, London), Apollo’s Fire and their award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell have played sold-out concerts from Carnegie Hall to the BBC Proms to the Royal Theatre of Madrid.  They bring their passion and virtuosity to this lively program of concertos and suites by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi.  The program includes dueling double-concertos as well as Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”), which the orchestra plays from memory.

PROGRAM

UCCELLINI/arr. Sorrell       La Bergamasca

VIVALDI                                Flute Concerto in D, “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch)

J.S. BACH                             Polonaise, Menuet & Badinerie from Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B Minor

VIVALDI                                Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos

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BACH                                    Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G Major

VIVALDI                                Concerto in B Minor for Four Violins

VIVALDI/arr. Sorrell            La Folia (“Madness”), after the Triosonata in D Minor

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.

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).

AF’s London 2014 concert was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” (THE TELEGRAPH, UK). This concert was chosen by the TELEGRAPH as one of the “Best 5 Classical Concerts of 2014.”

North American tour engagements include the Tanglewood Festival (sold-out debut in 2015), the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble has performed two major U.S. tours of the Monteverdi Vespers (2010 and 2014) and a 9-concert tour of theBrandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire is signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in the U.K. by Intermusica (London).

Upcoming engagements include a return to the Tanglewood Festival (July), and debuts at the Ravinia Festival (July) and Carnegie Hall (March 2018).

At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 25 commercial CDs and currently records for the British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version, brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). Seven of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos & Harpsichord Concertos, a disc of Handel arias with soprano Amanda Forsythe titled “The Power of Love” (Billboard Classical #3, 2015), and Jeannette Sorrell’s four crossover programs: Come to the River – An Early American Gathering (Billboard Classical #9, 2011); Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas Vespers (Billboard Classical #11, 2012); Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering (Billboard Classical #5, 2015); and Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard World Music Chart #2 and Billboard Classical #5, Feb. 2016).

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“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band”

–CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE, UK

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor/harpsichord

Virtuoso Bach & Vivaldi

Praised for its “joyous spontaneity” (THE NEW YORKER) and “superlative music-making” (DAILY TELEGRAPH, London), Apollo’s Fire and their award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell have played sold-out concerts from Carnegie Hall to the BBC Proms to the Royal Theatre of Madrid.  They bring their passion and virtuosity to this lively program of concertos and suites by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi.  The program includes dueling double-concertos as well as Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”), which the orchestra plays from memory.

Program Notes

PROGRAM

UCCELLINI/arr. Sorrell       La Bergamasca

VIVALDI                                Flute Concerto in D, “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch)

J.S. BACH                             Polonaise, Menuet & Badinerie from Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B Minor

VIVALDI                                Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos

—————-

BACH                                    Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G Major

VIVALDI                                Concerto in B Minor for Four Violins

VIVALDI/arr. Sorrell            La Folia (“Madness”), after the Triosonata in D Minor

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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.

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).

AF’s London 2014 concert was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” (THE TELEGRAPH, UK). This concert was chosen by the TELEGRAPH as one of the “Best 5 Classical Concerts of 2014.”

North American tour engagements include the Tanglewood Festival (sold-out debut in 2015), the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble has performed two major U.S. tours of the Monteverdi Vespers (2010 and 2014) and a 9-concert tour of theBrandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire is signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in the U.K. by Intermusica (London).

Upcoming engagements include a return to the Tanglewood Festival (July), and debuts at the Ravinia Festival (July) and Carnegie Hall (March 2018).

At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 25 commercial CDs and currently records for the British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version, brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). Seven of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos & Harpsichord Concertos, a disc of Handel arias with soprano Amanda Forsythe titled “The Power of Love” (Billboard Classical #3, 2015), and Jeannette Sorrell’s four crossover programs: Come to the River – An Early American Gathering (Billboard Classical #9, 2011); Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas Vespers (Billboard Classical #11, 2012); Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering (Billboard Classical #5, 2015); and Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard World Music Chart #2 and Billboard Classical #5, Feb. 2016).

Reserved Tickets:  $40
No charge to Four Arts Members

Tickets Available
February 6, 2019 – Public
January 30, 2019 – Four Arts Members
January 16, 2019 – Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council

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