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2017-2018 Season

Jeannette Sorrell, director

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm
Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA

A Night at Bach's Coffeehouse
Heralded for their “blend of scholarship and visceral intensity” (Gramophone), American chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire returns to Boston in a program inspired by J. S. Bach’s lively performances at Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse. The 18th-century Leipzig café is famous for hosting concerts where Bach and his student orchestra liked to let their hair down! Director Jeannette Sorrell leads an ensemble of 18 instrumentalists in Bach’s sensational fourth and fifth Brandenburg Concertos and rousing works by Vivaldi, Handel, and Telemann.

“Superlative music-making.”
—The Daily Telegraph


Apollo's Fire performs the first movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Apollo's Fire performs the first movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.


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G.P. Telemann: Don Quixote Suite (Selections)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
G.F. Handel: Chaconne from Terpsicore (Il pastor fido), HWV 8c
A. Vivaldi/arr. Sorrell: La Folia (Madness)

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Olivier Brault, Johanna Novom, Julie Andrijeski, Adrian Post, Evan Few, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Carrie Krause, and Emi Tanabe, violin; Karina Schmitz, Kristen Linfante, and Alan Choo, viola; René Schiffer, Rebecca Landell Reed, and Sarah Stone, violoncello; Sue Yelenjian, contrabass; Francis Colpron and Kathie Stewart, traverso & recorder; John Lenti, theorbo & guitar; Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord.

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