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Apollo’s Fire performs five Brandenburg Concertos Nov. 7 at Schwab

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Monday, Oct. 7)—When Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 to 6, the results are “brilliant and swaggering,” wrote a reviewer for The Times of London. From fiery strings to colorful recorders to a dizzying harpsichord solo, the ensemble displays its virtuosity in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $42 for an adult, $12 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets also are available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Apollo’s Fire, which captivates audiences with its dramatic period-instrument performances, brings its special brand of exuberance to Bach’s Baroque masterpieces. Trumpeter Josh Cohen scales the heights in the famous second concerto. Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichordist and music director, “delivers a brilliant, take-no-captives rendition of the big solo in No. 5,” wrote an American Record Guide reviewer. “In all, these performances are lively and unfailingly attractive.”

The ensemble, which last appeared at Penn State in an October 2010 performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610, has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, the Boston Early Music Festival and other major venues throughout North America and Europe.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Sorrell, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Gay D. Dunne and James H. Dunne sponsor the presentation. WPSU is the media sponsor.

Free related activities

The public is invited to observe when Apollo’s Fire musicians participate in several master classes and a chamber ensemble coaching session during their Nov. 6 and 7 visit to University Park. Learn more about the residency activities, which are part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project, at

For information about the Classical Music Project and the array of events it includes, go to

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Last Updated October 07, 2013