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A harpsichordist plays on stage surrounded by 13 string musicians.

Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra


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.

Artist website: Apollo's Fire

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Classical Coffeehouse

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

8 p.m. Monday, November 16
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

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.

Italian Class Visit with Jeannette Sorrell

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Not open to the public

Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire artistic director and harpsichordist, discusses period musical instruments and Antonio Vivaldi’s La Folia with students in a Penn State Italian 325: Introduction to Literature and the Arts in Italy course. Sorrell also talks about her Baroque ensemble and its music. Sherry Roush, associate professor of Italian, facilities the discussion.

Upper Strings Master Class with Olivier Brault

Noon Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome 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 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

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.

The Power of Love:
Passions of Handel and Vivaldi

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Schwab Auditorium

Apollo’s Fire’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 The Power of Love. 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.


Buy Tickets

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

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.


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Nina C. Brown Endowment

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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal conversation between Sorrell and Marica Tacconi, Penn State professor of musicology, takes place in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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