Sarasota Concert Association presents Apollo’s Fire in “A Night at Bach’s Coffee House: Works by Bach, Telemann, Handel and Vivaldi”

February 22 at Riverview Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m. “Performer’s Preamble”  8 p.m. Concert

Renowned for forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to performing early music, Apollo’s Fire, led by the charismatic harpsichord virtuoso Jeanette Sorrell, is baroque music in its unbuttoned state. A “Performers Preamble” with conductor Jeanette Sorrell and acclaimed music educator David Cerone will precede the concert at 7:30 p.m.

“Astonishing virtuosity. Hair-raising and brilliantly played … truly brought the house down” –Boston Musical Interpreter

“Apollo’s Fire has put Cleveland firmly on the period performance map.”
–The New Yorker

“One of the preeminent period-instrument ensembles.” –The Independent


(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its 72nd Great Performers Series’ season with Apollo’s Fire, hailed as one of the world’s preeminent period-instrument ensembles, February 22, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. The concert will be preceded with a “Performers Preamble” at 7:30 p.m., with the concert following at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $45-$85. Students free with ID; accompanying adults $25. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

Renowned for forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music, the Cleveland-based early music ensemble Apollo’s Fire is baroque music in its unbuttoned state, led by the charismatic harpsichord virtuoso and the group’s founder and conductor Jeanette Sorrell. “A Night at Bach’s Coffee House” is inspired by the 18th-century Leipzig coffeehouse where Bach and his student orchestra played lively concertos. The program features works by Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi interpreted with fiery strings, colorful recorders and Sorrell’s dizzying solos.

When Jeannette Sorrell founded Apollo’s Fire in 1992, she envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various “affekts” or passions in the listeners. Today, Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric. The musicians of Apollo’s Fire are early music artists drawn from an international pool of period-instrument specialists. They share a common artistic vision, that is shaped by Sorrell’s commitment to baroque music as a form of emotional communication. Many of these artists have been playing with Apollo’s Fire for nearly 20 years, but some appear only in programs that correspond to their instrument and/or specialty.

Before the concert, at 7:30 p.m., Jeannette Sorrell will speak with acclaimed violinist and educator David Cerone. The two will discuss the group’s approach to music and highlights to look for in this performance. According to Joy McIntyre, SCA’s president, this is SCA’s inaugural Performers Preamble event. “Subscribers have told us that they would enjoy learning more about the music and the composers before the concert experience,” she says. “Putting the music in context will serve to deepen and enhance their enjoyment and appreciation.”

SCA also presents a series of free daytime concerts that include performances by high-caliber, area-based artists, continuing through April 2017. The Music Matinee Series is designed to offer a variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. For more information about the 2016-2017 Music Matinee Series, visit


About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from November to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 72nd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit