The Vassar College Music Department presents Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and soprano Amanda Forsythe in “The Power of Love: Passions of Handel and Vivaldi” on Sunday, November 22 at 3pm in a free concert in Skinner Hall.
In this performance, Forsythe (who is also a Vassar alumna, class of 1998) teams up with Apollo’s Fire to perform a program exploring the passions of baroque music. In a review of a 2014 performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer called the concert “glorious” and “not to be topped.”
Forsythe won a 2015 Grammy award for Best Opera Recording. She is a regular soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, and Pacfiic Musicworks. Her concert repertoire also includes Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Nulla in mundo pax sincera, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana. In January 2016 she will makes her début with The Boston Symphony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell who envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various passions in the listeners. The group has released twenty-one CDs, many of which have become bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart, and routinely perform at sold-out venues.
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