Artist Recital Series
Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra
Mozart & Papa Haydn
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4 p.m.
Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by the award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Dedicated to evoking the passions of baroque music, the group has performed sold-out concerts across North America and Europe, including the Royal Theatre of Madrid, the Grand Opera of Bordeaux, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Library of Congress. Two of their acclaimed CD recordings reached the Top 10 on the classical Billboard chart.
This concert of sparkling arias and orchestral brilliance is inspired by the famous friendship between “Papa Haydn” and his young protégé Mozart. Haydn’s stormy “Trauer” Symphony (a highlight of his Sturm und Drang period) gives way to the laughter of young Mozart’s early operas. Featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe, fresh from triumphs at Covent Garden.
“Apollo’s Fire is one of the brightest lights of period-instrument playing in the United States… arguably the most distinctive in sound and memorable in style. Its trademark qualities: expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion.”
Photo: Roger Mastroianni