Magnificent MOZART
October 12October 14, 2018



Read the interview!
“Apollo’s Fire at the Cleveland Museum of Art – Where Art and Music Meet”
An Interview with Conductor Jeannette Sorrell


MOZART Overture to La Finta Semplice
MOZART Symphony no. 40 in G Minor
HAYDN Concertante in B-flat Major (1st mvt.)
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo

A rare chance to hear Mozart’s symphonic splendor with the sparkling clarity of period instruments. From the lighthearted overture and the stormy Symphony no. 40, to the exhilarating Ballet Music – 35 virtuoso musicians bring AF’s signature energy and passion to these classical masterpieces.

“Enormous drama, delicacy, and zest… brimming with nervous energy. Sorrell takes full advantage of her superb instrumentalists.”
–The Plain Dealer (CD review of Mozart Symphony no. 40)

These concerts are generously sponsored by
Karen & Richard Spector

Hear the Music

“Bright, winsome, terrifying and brilliant…”

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550
Molto Allegro, 1st mvt.

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550
Allegro assai, 4th mvt.

Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K. 367

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Meet the Artists

Friday, October 12, 2018, 8:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00PM
First United Methodist Church, AKRON
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 4:00PM
CLEVELAND Institute of Music (Kulas Hall)
Jeannette Sorrell,conducting
Susanna Perry Gilmore,violin soloist
Debra Nagy,oboe soloist
Stephanie Corwin,bassoon soloist
Ezra Seltzer,cello soloist
Concert given by Cardinal de La Rochefoucauld at the Argentina Theatre in Rome, 1747 (oil on canvas), Pannini or Panini, Giovanni Paolo (1691/2-1765) / Louvre, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)


enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.


Praised for her “dazzling technique and soulful expressiveness,” (Rocky Mountain News), and a musical approach that’s “distinctly sensual…pliant, warm, and sweet,” (New York Times), Debra Nagy is one of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe. She plays principal oboe with the American Bach Soloists, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire, and is a regular guest with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, and Portland Baroque Orchestra, among other ensembles. A dedicated chamber musician, Debra is the founder of Les Délices (whose debut recording was named “One of the Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009”) and performs late-medieval music as a regular guest with Boston’s acclaimed Blue Heron and the Newberry Consort. Following studies at the Oberlin Conservatory, Conservatory of Amsterdam, and Case Western Reserve University, Debra has received many awards for her creative and scholarly pursuits including first-prize in the American Bach Soloists Young Artists Competition, a 2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. She has recorded over 30 CDs with repertoire ranging from 1300-1800 on the Chandos, Avie, CPO, Capstone, Bright Angel, Naxos, and ATMA labels, and has had live performances featured on CBC Radio Canada, Klara (Belgium), NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR (New York City) and WGBH Boston.

A dedicated and inspiring teacher, Debra serves on the artist faculties of the American Bach Soloists’ Summer Academy and has given masterclasses at Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, and University of Washington. She is also committed to service and to fostering the next generation of leaders through her work as a board member of Early Music America and liason to its Youth Advisory Board.

In her spare time, Debra cooks prodigiously (including much canning and pickling), and she loves commuting by bicycle from her home in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City neighborhood.



Praised for her “warmth and composure” (Wichita Eagle), bassoonist Stephanie Corwin enjoys a varied career playing modern, classical, baroque and renaissance instruments. Based in New York City, Stephanie performs with ensembles at home and throughout the country, including Handel and Haydn Society, American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Society, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, REBEL, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. She also is a core member the chamber ensembles Kleine Kammermusik, Repast, and Bläser Band.

Along with performing, Stephanie shares her enthusiasm for music through teaching. In addition to teaching privately, Stephanie is currently on the performance faculty at Hunter College. She was the Interim Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Virginia and has taught students at Stony Brook University, Yale University, and Wabash College. Stephanie has given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, Yale University, Ithaca College, Grand Valley State University, Furman University, and Davidson College.

As a soloist, Stephanie was the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and a semi-finalist in the Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition. She has performed in solo and chamber music recitals at the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, REBEL, Early Music New York, and Chamber Music at the Barn (Wichita). With the Intrada Winds, Stephanie received prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions and played on chamber music series throughout the country. During the summers she has participated in various festivals, including the Staunton Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival.

A graduate of Davidson College, Stephanie earned degrees from Yale University (MM) and Stony Brook University (DMA), where she studied with Frank Morelli. Her interest in early music led her to continue her studies with Michael McCraw at Indiana University, where she received a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons. Stephanie can be heard on recordings with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Opera Lafayette, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Stephanie has recently released a CD with Kleine Kammermusik, entitled Fanfare and Filigree, on the Acis Productions label.


Hailed for his “scampering virtuosity” (American Record Guide) and “superb” playing (The New York Times), cellist Ezra Seltzer is the principal cellist of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he earned praise for his “delicate elegance and rambunctious spirit” (Twin Cities Pioneer Press) in performances of all six Brandenburg Concertos. Other performances with the SPCO include Handel’s Messiah with Jonathan Cohen and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Paul McCreesh. With Musica Angelica, he appeared in performances of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and also performed in an international tour with soprano Emma Kirkby and countertenor Daniel Taylor. He attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Music in cello, and graduated from the inaugural class of Juilliard’s historical performance program.

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