Period Instrument Ensemble

Apollo's Fire

Period Instrument Ensemble

Apollo's Fire

“Sorrell and her dazzling period band… are incandescent.”
The Sunday Times, London
“Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy – a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.”
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Joshua John
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Apollo's Fire

Apollo's Fire

Named for the ancient god of music, healing, and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®-winning ensemble. The period-instrument orchestra was founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners, Apollo’s Fire brings to life the music of the past for audiences of today, with Passion. Period. The Apollo’s Fire musicians are creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

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In Europe and the UK, Apollo’s Fire has performed 6 tours including sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and with concerts at Heidelberg Spring Festival; the Irish National Concert Hall (Dublin); the Irish National Opera House (Wexford); and venues in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal. The ensemble has had many live radio broadcasts across Europe. Apollo’s Fire’s London 2014 concert was chosen by the Daily Telegraph as one of the “Best 5 Classical Concerts of the Year,” with their critic writing, “An evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism.”

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band” — Classical Music Magazine, UK

North American tour engagements include Carnegie Hall (2018 and 2022), the Tanglewood Festival (2015, 2017, and 2021), the Ravinia Festival (4 times), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY (numerous times), the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2021, Apollo’s Singers made their debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Jeannette Sorrell, winning rave reviews—with a return engagement upcoming in 2023.

At home in Cleveland and Chicago, Apollo’s Fire frequently enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming.

With nearly 14 million views (total) of its YouTube videos, Apollo’s Fire is one of the most popular baroque orchestras on the worldwide internet. The ensemble also launched a “Worldwide Watch-at-Home Series” in 2020, bringing its subscription concerts into the homes of patrons around the world.

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Apollo’s Fire has released 30 commercial CDs and won a GRAMMY® award in 2019 for the album Songs of Orpheus with tenor Karim Sulayman. Apollo’s Fire’s recordings of the Bach St. John Passion, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and the Monteverdi Vespers have been chosen as best in the field by the Sunday Times of London (2020 and 2021) and BBC Magazine (2022). Eleven of the ensemble's CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart, including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Billboard Classical #2, 2021), 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), Songs of Orpheus (Billboard Classical #5, 2018), and five of Jeannette Sorrell’s multicultural 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); Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard World Music Chart #2 and Billboard Classical #5, 2016); and Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain (Billboard #3, 2018).

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director

GRAMMY®-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. She is the subject of the 2019 documentary by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller titled Playing with Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting. 

Bridging the period-instrument and symphonic worlds from a young age, Sorrell studied conducting at the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won First Prize in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from four continents.

Sorrell made her New York Philharmonic debut in 2021 and Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2022, both to rave reviews. She has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and New World Symphony and has also led the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Bach’s St. John Passion), the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, among others. This spring she also made her debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain).

As founder and conductor of Apollo's Fire, she has led the renowned ensemble at London’s BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, and many international venues. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 30 commercial CDs, including 11 bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart and a 2019 GRAMMY® winner. Her CD recordings of Bach's St. John Passion and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons have been chosen as best in the field by the London Sunday Times (2020 and 2021). Her Monteverdi Vespers recording was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as one of “30 Must-Have Recordings for Our Lifetime” (September 2022). With over 12 million views of her YouTube videos, Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming, using contextual and dramatic elements.

Bios in various lengths for both Apollo's Fire and Jeannette Sorrell may be downloaded via the link in the sidebar. Please do not edit bios.

contact
Stefana Atlas
Managing Director
email
Joshua John
Associate Manager
email
North America
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