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  • Jeannette Sorrell conducts musicians.
  • Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra, performs on stage.

Apollo’s Fire
The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, music director
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2–6

7:30 pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

When Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, performs five of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the results are “brilliant and swaggering” (The Times of London). From fiery strings to colorful recorders to a dizzying harpsichord solo, the concert brims with virtuosity. Apollo’s Fire, which last appeared at Penn State in an October 2010 performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610, has played to sold-out houses at London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, the Boston Early Music Festival, and other major venues throughout North America and Europe. The ensemble, which captivates audiences with its dramatic period-instrument performances, brings its special brand of exuberance to Bach’s Baroque masterpieces. Trumpeter Josh Cohen scales the heights in the famous second concerto. And Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichordist and music director, “delivers a brilliant, take-no-captives rendition of the big solo in No. 5,” writes an American Record Guide reviewer. “In all, these performances are lively and unfailingly attractive.”

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab.

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Adult $42
University Park Student $12
18 and Younger $32

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Chamber Orchestra Coaching

5:00 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

128 Music Building II

The public is welcome to observe a coaching session, led by Apollo’s Fire Music Director Jeannette Sorrell, for the Penn State Chamber Orchestra. The 100-minute session concentrates on Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Gerardo Edelstein, professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Penn State, hosts the session. Attendance is limited to thirty people.

Baroque Trumpet Master Class

5:00 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

110 Music Building I

The public is welcome to observe a master class for trumpet students led by Josh Cohen of Apollo's Fire. Langston Fitzgerald, professor of trumpet at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

Baroque Flute Master Class

7:30 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe as Kathie Stewart of Apollo's Fire leads a master class for Penn State flute students. Naomi Seidman, assistant professor of flute at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

Baroque Ensemble Coaching

8:30 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

128 Music Building II

The public is invited to observe Andrew Fouts of Apollo's Fire coaching Penn State's Baroque Ensemble. Rob Nairn, professor of double bass at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

Baroque Violin and Strings Master Class

11:00 am Thursday, November 7, 2013

Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome to observe as Olivier Brault of Apollo's Fire leads a master class for Penn State violin and strings students. James Lyon, professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

Music 5 Class Visit

2:30 pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to hear Apollo’s Fire Music Director Jeannette Sorrell speak about J. S. Bach and his Brandenburg Concertos during a visit to an Introduction to Western Music class. Mark Ferraguto, assistant professor of musicology at Penn State, hosts the class.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

Schwab Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Sorrell and Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology at Penn State, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.