PBS-TV Special

Discovering Vivaldi with Apollo’s Fire

Presented by WVIZ-PBS Ideastream and Apollo’s Fire

A 1-hr special produced by WVIZ-PBS television. Premiered in 2010 and now available for syndication

Three hundred years ago Antonio Vivaldi sat in his Venice studio and penned some of the most popular music of all time. Today Vivaldi’s music is heard in commercials, elevators, and even movie soundtracks. But what do we really know about the man who penned these great compositions? Why does his music still speak to us today and what is the story he’s telling?

Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and its music director, Jeannette Sorrell, join Ideastream’s Dee Perry to take viewers back in time, to 18th century Italy, to celebrate the music and unlock the secrets of Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons” concertos.

Filmed before a live studio audience at the Ideastream studios, this 1-hour cultural/educational special is a collaboration between Cleveland’s PBS television station and the city’s nationally acclaimed baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire.  Apollo’s Fire performs Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos, Jeannette Sorrell’s arrangement of his La Folia (Madness), and highlights from the Four Seasons.  The 14-member ensemble in the program includes featured soloists Julie Andrijeski, Miho Hashizume and Cynthia Roberts (violin) and cellists René Schiffer and Mimé Brinkmann, as well as Sorrell on the harpsichord.

Learn why Jeannette calls Vivaldi the “rock-n-roll composer of the 18th century!”

Premiering Sunday, May 30, at 7:00pm
WVIZ-PBS Cleveland, Channel 25

For more info, click here to read the press release [PDF].

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Vivaldi’s “La Folia”