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Apollo’s Fire
The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
The Power of Love:
Passions of Handel and Vivaldi

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

7:30 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Renowned for “forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music” (BBC Music Magazine), the Apollo’s Fire chamber orchestra makes its fourth appearance at Schwab Auditorium in The Power of Love. The ensemble’s commitment to personal, emotional communication finds an ideal match in soprano Amanda Forsythe, who has taken Covent Garden, the Rossini Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival by storm. “Amanda Forsythe was the star of the show,” writes a Wall Street Journal reviewer. “Her soprano has just the right amount of weight and vibrato; it soars, spins, and sparkles with high dudgeon.” The soprano and Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire artistic director and harpsichordist, explore the passions of the Baroque in this program of love, angst, and revenge. The concert features luscious George Frideric Handel arias, from the new Apollo’s Fire album with Forsythe, plus fiery Antonio Vivaldi concertos. The program closes with Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia, which the ensemble performs from memory and which has brought audiences to their feet at Madrid’s Royal Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bordeaux’s Grand Opera House, and concert halls throughout North America.

Adult $44
University Park Student $19
18 and Younger $34

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Apollo’s Fire

8:00 pm Monday, November 16, 2015

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

Johann Sebastian Bach played concerts each week at a large coffeehouse in Leipzig, Germany. Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse hosted lively performances by Bach and his orchestra of university students. Members of Apollo’s Fire, led by Jeannette Sorrell, seek to evoke the spirit of Zimmerman’s. They perform Bach’s Allemande from the Sixth Cello Suite and tell stories about the composer’s scuffles with the authorities. The coffeehouse also includes music by Bach’s admired colleagues, Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel. The modern barrier between classical and folk music comes down when the musicians launch a jam session on the folk tune La Folia (Madness) by Vivaldi. Apollo’s Fire encourages coffeehouse attendees to bring their guitars. If you can play D, A, F, and C, they need you in the La Folia jam. Guitars should be tuned down a half-step (A = 415).

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Upper Strings Master Class with Olivier Brault

12:00 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to observe as Apollo’s Fire violinist Olivier Brault coaches Penn State upper string student musicians by performing Baroque dance movements. The 90-minute master class, led by Professor of Music Rob Nairn, includes a demonstration of Baroque dance movements.

Voice Master Class with Amanda Forsythe

3:00 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to observe soprano Amanda Forsythe coaching Penn State voice students on Baroque and Bel Canto works. Five students are scheduled to perform excerpts of Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and Henry Purcell’s Music for a While (part of John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee’s play Oedipus). Jennifer Trost, associate professor of voice and vocal literature, hosts the 90-minute master class.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Schwab Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal conversation between Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire artistic director and harpsichordist, and Marica Tacconi, Penn State professor of musicology, takes place in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.