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Apollo’s Fire

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Tempestuous Arias

Sunday July 28, 2024 at 4:00pm

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Sunday July 28, 2024 at 4:00pm

Apollo’s Fire, the esteemed Baroque Orchestra of Cleveland, graces Caramoor for an extraordinary summer afternoon featuring an enchanting rendition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Led by distinguished conductor/harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, this exceptional ensemble weaves a tapestry of beautiful, captivating, and haunting melodies, guiding you through the vivid seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, all on authentic period instruments. Lyric soprano Amanda Forsythe (alumna of Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artist program) joins the ensemble for arias by Handel and Vivaldi, promising an afternoon of unparalleled artistry.


Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director
Alan Choo, violin
Amanda Forsythe, soprano


Antonio Vivaldi: Dell’ aura al sussarrar, from Dorilla in Tempe
Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni
Antonio Vivaldi: Siam navi all’onde algenti, from L’Olimpiade
Marin Marais: Tempête et Marche de Matelots, from Alcione
George Frideric Handel: Da Tempeste il legno infranto, from Giulio Cesare

Garden Listening / For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Garden Listening tickets are $20, and are free for Members and children under 18 years old. Enjoy a picnic, admire a starry sky, or relax with the family. Please Note! This ticket option has no view of the stage or access to the theater. The concert will be broadcast onto Friends Field with audio only. We ask that you bring your own seating for Garden Listening. If you like this seating option, check out all of the summer concerts that have Garden Listening.

“Top-notch … more essential at this moment than event … a vibrant, assured performance …”
The New York Times

    Summer Season Shuttle / Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every summer afternoon and evening concert. There is no RSVP to get on the shuttle, it will be there when you arrive (in the parking lot side of the station). If it’s not there, it’s just making the loop and should be back within 5–10 minutes. The shuttle will start running 2.5 hours before the concert, and 30 minutes after the concert ends.

Rain or Shine / All events at Caramoor take place rain or shine. However, this performance is under our fully covered Venetian Theater tent.

Have an Afternoon Tea before the concert / Tea is served at 1:00pm in the Music Room of the Rosen House. The service includes a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with créme fraiche and preserves, delicious desserts, and a selection of fragrant teas. Purchase tickets here.

Explore the Rosen House from 2:00pm–3:30pm / Select rooms of the Rosen House are free to explore during our Open House hours. No RSVP is required; feel free to attend and discover more about Caramoor’s history and founders.

Learn More About the Artists

Apollo’s Fire

Named for the ancient god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a Grammy-winning ensemble. Founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, the period band is dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. The Apollo’s Fire musicians are creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.  

Apollo’s Fire has performed six European tours, with sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, and venues in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal. Chosen by the Daily Telegraph as one of London’s “Best Five Classical Concerts of the Year,” Apollo’s Fire’s 2014 London performance was praised for “superlative music-making … combining European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism.” 
North American tour engagements include Carnegie Hall (twice), the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals (several times), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (several times), the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Aspen Music Festival, Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2021, Apollo’s singers made their debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Jeannette Sorrell, winning rave reviews. 

 At home in Cleveland and Chicago, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. 
With nearly 14 million views of its YouTube videos, Apollo’s Fire has released 30 commercial CDs and won a Grammy Award in 2019 for the album Songs of Orpheus with tenor Karim Sulayman. Eleven of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart, including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and Sorrell’s crossover programs including Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas Vespers; Sugarloaf Mountain – An Appalachian Gathering; Sephardic Journey – Wanderings of the Spanish Jews; and Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. 

To learn more about Apollo’s Fire, please visit their website

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director

Grammy-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire, and a leader in creative programming exploring cultural roots. She is the subject of the documentary by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller, titled PLAYING WITH FIRE: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting (commercially released in 2023). 

Sorrell studied conducting at the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won First Prize in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from four continents.  

Sorrell made her New York Philharmonic debut in 2021 and Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2022, both to rave reviews. She has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Florida Orchestra, New World Symphony, and  Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco; and she has also led the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Bach’s St. John Passion), the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony, among others.  Upcoming engagements in 2023-24 include a return to the New York Philharmonic and debuts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony. 

As founder and conductor of Apollo’s Fire, she has led the renowned ensemble at London’s BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, and many international venues. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 30 commercial CDs, including 11 bestsellers on the Billboard Classical Chart and a 2019 Grammy winner. Her CD recordings of the Bach’s St. John Passion and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons have been chosen as best in the field by the Sunday Times of London (2020 and 2021). Her Monteverdi Vespers recording was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as one of “30 Must-Have Recordings for Our Lifetime” (September 2022). With nearly 14 million views of her YouTube videos, Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming, using contextual and dramatic elements.   

Alan Choo, violin

Singaporean violinist Alan Choo has established himself on the global stage as a leading soloist, chamber musician, and historical specialist. He is Concertmaster and Assistant Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire, the Grammy Award-winning baroque orchestra in the United States, and made his solo debut with them at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals in 2017. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble, which has been recently named Ensemble-in-Residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. In May 2019 he was invited as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai-based baroque ensemble, Shanghai Camerata. His CD album of the complete Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Biber will be released on AVIE Records in March 2024.

Alan has appeared as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (NY), the Tanglewood Music Festival (MA), Ravinia Music Festival (IL) and St. Martin in the Fields (London, UK), and also with the FVG Orchestra (Italy), the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra (Canada), Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers (Singapore), and more.

A proponent of contemporary music, Alan is co-founder of SG Inspirations, a project dedicated to performing works by Singaporean composers. In 2015, he recorded the SG Inspirations commemorative CD album with pianist Lin Hengyue as a gift to their nation on Singapore’s 50th anniversary. His piano trio Trio Phoenix combines both worlds of early and contemporary music by performing works by living composers and exploring the wealth of baroque repertoire performed with stylistic awareness of modern instruments. The trio completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke, and were guest artists at the Lexington Bach Festival 2017.

Alan’s achievements in all areas of performance have earned him awards such as the Early Music Award 2016 from Peabody Conservatory, the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015, the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award 2014, the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music 2014 and 1st prize in the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition 2011, Artist Category. He has also given masterclasses and lectures in violin performance, performance practice, and stage presence to college students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Michigan State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. 

Alan holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, as well as degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. His teachers include Julie Andrijeski, Risa Browder, Victor Danchenko, and Alexander Souptel. Learn more by visiting his website.

Amanda Forsythe, soprano

The American soprano Amanda Forsythe, celebrated for her performances on both sides of the Atlantic, is a regular soloist with the highly acclaimed baroque ensembles Les Talens Lyriques, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Opera Prima, Pacific Musicworks, Early Music Vancouver, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She sang Euridice on the recording of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with the Boston Early Music Festival which won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Her début solo album of Handel arias “The Power of Love” with Apollo’s Fire was recently followed with the highly praised “Heavenly Bach”. She toured with the outstanding French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, performing works based on the Orfeo myth, and subsequently recorded the role of Euridice in a new edition of Gluck’s Orfeo for the ERATO label. Her discography includes more than 25 albums and DVDs, many of them premiere recordings. Forthcoming discs include Handel’s Roman Cantatas with Opera Prima, Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and a solo Telemann album, both with the Boston Early Music Festival.

Equally at home on the concert platform and on the opera stage, in recent seasons Amanda Forsythe’s major concert engagements have included performances with the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, The Academy of Ancient Music, The St. Louis Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

Amanda Forsythe made her American stage début with the Boston Early Music Festival, where her many roles have included Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea, Eolie Desmarest’s Circé, Angelica Orlando Generoso (Campra), Isabelle Le Carnaval de Venise (Campra), Serpina La serva padrona and Edilia Almira, Königin von Castilien, for which she has received rave reviews. With Boston Baroque she has sung Poppea AgrippinaMelissa Amadigi, and the title roles in L’incoronazione di Poppea and PartenopeWith Seattle Opera, she has sung Pamina Die Zauberflöte, and with Opera Philadelphia she recently made her role début as Handel’s Semele.

She made her European operatic début in the role of Corinna Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, subsequently returning to perform Rosalia L’equivoco stravagante, and Jemmy Guillaume Tell, which were both released on DVD. At the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, she has performed Nannetta FalstaffManto NiobeAmour Orphée, and most recently, Marzelline Fidelio. Other European engagements include Pamina Die Zauberflöte in Barrie Kosky’s production at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the Komische Oper in Berlin.

She has performed under the baton of Giovanni Antonini, Jonathan Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Matthew Halls, Thomas Hengelbrock, Nicholas Kraemer, Bernard Labadie, Susanna Mälkki, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Moulds, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Sir Antonio Pappano, Martin Pearlman, Christophe Rousset, Jeannette Sorrell, Stephen Stubbs, and Jaap van Zweden.  She has premiered opera productions by Gilbert Blin, Robert Carsen, Tobias Kratzer, and Graham Vick.

In the 2022/2023 season, Ms. Forsythe made débuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic (StMatthew Passion), the Victoria Symphony (Mozart and more), The St. Louis Symphony (Messiah), the Academy of Ancient Music (Messiah), the Festival Radovljica (Handel Roman cantatas), and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (C Minor Mass).  She returned to the New York Philharmonic (St. Matthew Passion), the Chicago Symphony (Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat), Apollo’s Fire (Storms and Tempests), Boston Baroque (b minor Mass), and the Boston Early Music Festival (Circé).

In the coming seasons, she returns to The New York Philharmonic (Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Mozart’s Requiem), the Chicago Symphony (Handel duets program), Tafelmusik (a Handel Celebration), Boston Baroque (Messiah and Handel’s Silete Venti), Pacific Musicworks (La Serva Padrona), and an American tour with Opera Prima (Tormento Seicento).  She will make her début with the Houston Symphony (Messiah), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater), and the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Handel’s Deborah).

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.