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Apollo's Fire

Apollo's Fire

Tanglewood

Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
Bach, Vivaldi & Friends
TELEMANN Concerto Polonois in G
 for two violins, viola, and continuo
VIVALDI Concerto in B minor for four violins
PORPORA (arr. Jeannette SORRELL) Aria, “Alto Giove,”
 (“Grand Jupiter”) from Polifemo
VIVALDI Ciaccona, from Concerto in C for strings
VIVALDI Concerto in A minor for two violins, Op. 3, No. 8
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Featured Performers

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director, violinists Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, and Emi Tanabe.
Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director, violinists Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, and Emi Tanabe. View biography in full page >

Named for the Classical god of music, healing, and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble. The period-instrument orchestra, founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, is dedicated to the Baroque ideal that music should evoke various Affekts or passions in listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric. Apollo’s Fire has performed five European tours and has given sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London (along with live broadcast across Europe), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Teatro Real, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and at major venues in Lisbon, Metz, and Bregenz. They have appeared at the Irish National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Irish National Opera House in Wexford, the Birmingham International Series (UK), the Tuscan Landscapes Festival, and Belfast Castle with a live broadcast carried by the Associated Press of Europe. North American tour engagements include concerts at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia Festival, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Library of Congress, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The ensemble has also performed major U.S. tours of the Monteverdi Vespers and the Brandenburg Concertos. At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire frequently enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. With over 7 million views of its YouTube videos, Apollo’s Fire is one of the most popular Baroque orchestras online. The ensemble launched a “Worldwide Watch-at-Home Series” in October 2020, bringing its subscription concerts into the homes of patrons around the world.

Apollo’s Fire has released 26 commercial albums, winning Grammy Award in 2019 for Songs of Orpheus with tenor Karim Sulayman. Their bestselling recordings include the Monteverdi Vespers; Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and harpsichord concertos; a disc of Handel arias with soprano Amanda Forsythe titled The Power of Love; Songs of Orpheus, and Jeannette Sorrell’s four crossover programs: Come to the River – An Early American Gathering; Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas Vespers; Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering, and Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews.


Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director

Grammy Award-winning conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. She studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union. Founder and artistic director of Apollo’s Fire, she has led the renowned period ensemble in concerts at many of the world’s major concert halls, from Carnegie Hall and London’s BBC Proms to the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals. She and her ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any Baroque orchestra in North America. Apollo’s Fire has released 26 commercial albums including the 2019 Grammy Award-winning Songs of Orpheus with tenor Karim Sulayman.

In demand with symphony orchestras and period groups alike, Jeannette Sorrell makes debuts this season with the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Bach’s St John Passion. She has conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and has also led the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Opera Saint Louis with the Saint Louis Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, the Florida Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), among others. Jeannette Sorrell is the subject of the 2019 documentary by Academy Award-winning director Allan Miller titled Playing with Fire. She has attracted national attention and awards for her creative programming, which has brought many new listeners to early music through the use of contextual and dramatic elements. She received an honorary doctorate from Case Western University and an award from the American Musicological Society.

 

Olivier Brault
French-Canadian violinist Olivier Brault hails from Terrebonne (Montréal) and brings communicative enthusiasm and scholarship to concerts throughout North America and Europe. In addition to directing the chamber ensemble Sonate 1704, he performs as music director with Les Goûts Réunis in Luxembourg, as a member of Four Nations Ensemble in New York, and as soloist with many Montréal-based ensembles including the Ensemble Caprice, Les Boréades de Montréal, Quatuor Franz Joseph, and Les Idées heureuses. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where he specialized in 18th-century violin repertoire. He has led workshops and masterclasses at many conservatories, including the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and the Paris Conservatory. He has participated in more than 65 recordings, many award-winning. In 2011 he received the medal of the Assemblée Nationale de Québec for cultural contributions to his nation. Mr. Brault joined the early music faculty of McGill University in Montréal in 2017, teaching Baroque violin.

Alan Choo
Singaporean violinist Alan Choo is gaining renown on the global stage as a leading soloist, chamber musician and historical specialist. He made his solo debut with the Grammy Award-winning Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals in 2017 and currently serves as Artistic Leadership Fellow for the ensemble, where he takes on soloist, concertmaster, and guest director roles. He is also founder and artistic director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble, which has enjoyed multiple sold-out concerts and critical acclaim since their formation in August 2018. In May 2019 he was invited as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai-based Baroque ensemble Shanghai Camerata. As a modern violinist, Alan Choo has appeared as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and more. A proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Choo is co-founder of SG Inspirations, a project dedicated to performing works by Singaporean composers. He holds a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory, and is in his final year at Case Western Reserve University pursuing a doctorate in historical performance practice.

Emi Tanabe
Violinist Emi Tanabe enjoys a multi-faceted career as a Baroque violinist and a solo crossover artist. In addition to being a core member of Apollo’s Fire, she performs with the Chicago-based period groups Haymarket Opera and Third Coast Baroque. With Apollo’s Fire, she has performed on tour across the U.S. and Europe. Her facility with world music styles and improvisation has led to many solo violin performances with tango, flamenco, Celtic, and jazz ensembles across the country. She has appeared with such groups as the renowned Surabhi Ensemble, the Grammy-nominated children’s music band Wendy&DB, and the theater/dinner production “Teatro ZinZanni.” Emi Tanabe is a native of Japan and holds degrees in violin performance from the University of North Texas and Roosevelt University.

Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director, violinists Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, and Emi Tanabe. Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director View biography in full page >

Grammy Award-winning conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. She studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union. Founder and artistic director of Apollo’s Fire, she has led the renowned period ensemble in concerts at many of the world’s major concert halls, from Carnegie Hall and London’s BBC Proms to the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals. She and her ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any Baroque orchestra in North America. Apollo’s Fire has released 26 commercial albums including the 2019 Grammy Award-winning Songs of Orpheus with tenor Karim Sulayman.

In demand with symphony orchestras and period groups alike, Jeannette Sorrell makes debuts this season with the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Bach’s St John Passion. She has conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and has also led the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Opera Saint Louis with the Saint Louis Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, the Florida Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), among others. Jeannette Sorrell is the subject of the 2019 documentary by Academy Award-winning director Allan Miller titled Playing with Fire. She has attracted national attention and awards for her creative programming, which has brought many new listeners to early music through the use of contextual and dramatic elements. She received an honorary doctorate from Case Western University and an award from the American Musicological Society.

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
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