Apollo’s Fire presents Virtuoso Orchestra with Francis Colpron, Kathie Stewart, & Debra Nagy
Performances: October 10-13, 2013
Apollo’s Fire will be celebrating the opening of its 22nd season with a lighthearted program of pieces composed for virtuoso orchestras of the 18th century. Award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell will lead the ensemble from the harpsichord as Apollo Fire members take turns in the spotlight.
The program will include a variety of sprightly concertos by such renowned composers as Telemann and Vivaldi, along with colorful Dresden Concertos of J. D. Heinichen, written for the celebrated orchestra of the Dresden palace.
Canadian recorder virtuoso Francis Colpron joins Apollo’s Fire favorites Kathie Stewart on traverso and Debra Nagy on oboe. Four of AF’s leading violinists square off for the fiery “Concerto for Four Violins” by Vivaldi.
Allegro from Concerto in D for Two Flutes,
Violin & Cello, TWV 54:D1
Harpsichord Prelude in G
(Notebook for W.F. Bach)
Selections from Concerto Grosso
in G Major, S. 213
Entrée – Loure – Menuet & L’Air à l’Italien
Concerto Grosso in C, S. 211
Concerto for Four Violins in B minor
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Estimated concert length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Tickets for local performances start at $21. Student, senior, young adults, and group discounts are available in select seating sections. Student tickets are free in Fairlawn, made possible by the GAR Foundation. Tickets are available through the Apollo’s Fire box office at (216) 320-0012 or online at www.apollosfire.org.
Pre Concert Talks
Join the large and lively crowd who come for this popular series of talks, one hour before each performance. This project’s pre-concert talks will be given by guest artist Francis Colpron, and are sponsored by the Friends of Apollo’s Fire.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
First United Methodist Church
263 East Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308
Friday, October 11, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Fairmount Presbyterian Church
2757 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rocky River Presbyterian Church
21750 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
Jeannette Sorrell, Music Director
Jeannette Sorrell has quickly gained international attention as a leading creative voice among the new generation of early-music conductors. She has been credited by the U.K.’s BBC Music Magazine for forging “a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music… a seductive vision of musical authenticity.”
Sorrell was one of the youngest students ever accepted to the prestigious conducting course of the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she studied under Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein. She studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam, and won both the First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union.
Sorrell founded Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland in 1992. Since then, she and the ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any baroque orchestra in North America. Sorrell has led Apollo’s Fire in sold-out concerts at Madrid’s Royal Theatre (Teatro Real), London’s Wigmore Hall, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Boston’s Early Music Festival, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Aspen Music Festival, and engagements in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 20 commercial CDs, including the complete Brandenburg Concerti and harpsichord concerti (with Sorrell as harpsichord soloist and director), which was praised by the London Times as “a swaggering version, brilliantly played by Sorrell.” She has also released four discs of Mozart, and was hailed as “a near-perfect Mozartian” by Fanfare Record Magazine. Four of her CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, and Jeannette Sorrell’s two crossover programs, "Come to the River" and "Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers."
Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming. Her awards include an honorary doctorate from Case Western University, two research grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards from the Cambridge Society of Early Music and the American Musicological Society.