Apollo’s Fire dazzled classical music fans last year with “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse,” the very same program that sold out Carnegie Hall two nights after their St. Jay performance. On Wednesday, October 9th, they return to Fuller Hall with a new program: “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Rediscovered,” a thrilling presentation of Vivaldi’s concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be. If you think you know Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, prepare for some surprises. From bird calls and storms, barking dogs and drunken peasants, flies and wasps, and even an exhilarating fox hunt, Apollo’s Fire brings Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions to life.
Each concerto is preceded by a quick and polished “tour” of the sound effects to come as the story Vivaldi intended with each piece is brought to dizzying life. The virtuoso musicians of Apollo’s Fire take turns stepping into the spotlight as each concerto is led by a different soloist. The program also features dueling cellists in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos, a rousing demonstration of why conductor Jeannette Sorrell calls Vivaldi “the rock n’ roll composer of the 18th century!”
Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts, or passions, in its listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric, and together they’ve taken the music world by storm with zealous renditions that bring new meaning to the classical pieces they perform. From sold out shows at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall, audiences and critics are left spellbound.
The KCP Presents Series is produced by Catamount Arts working in association with Kingdom County Productions and supported by generous local sponsors with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council.