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WFU graduate returns to conduct concert with Apollo's Fire, featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore

February 14, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series will conclude its 2007-2008 season with a concert featuring Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and guest mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Wait Chapel.  The orchestra is directed by Wake Forest graduate Jeannette Sorrell.

In conjunction with the concert, Teresa Radomski, professor of voice and consultant for the Center for Voice Disorders at Wake Forest, will give a Secrest Signature pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in the Wait Chapel Balcony Room.

In addition, Larmore will give a master class at 11 a.m. March 6 in Brendle Recital Hall with four voice students from the Wake Forest music department.  Joshua Bennett, Rebecca Henriques, Jared Lilly, and Johanna Young have been selected to perform.  The class will be free and open to the public.

The concert program will include selections from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Rameau. 

Apollo’s Fire, which takes its name from the classical god of music and the sun, is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on the period instruments for which the music was written.  The ensemble features musicians from North America and Europe and has received international critical acclaim for its recordings and performances.  The group is frequently broadcast on National Public Radio and can also be heard on Britain’s BBC, Canada’s CBC and European Community Radio.

After graduating from Wake Forest in 1986, Sorrell studied conducting at the

Tanglewood Music Festival under Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein and served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.  As a harpsichordist, she studied with Gustav Leonhardt, and took first prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 1991

Spivey International Harpsichord Competition.  In 1992, she was a finalist for the assistant conductor post with the Cleveland Orchestra, which led to the founding of Apollo’s Fire.  Since then she has toured, recorded and performed national and international broadcasts with the ensemble.

Larmore is a renowned vocalist who has appeared in every major opera city in the world.  She debuted in France in 1986 as “Sesto” in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.”  She has an extensive performance repertoire, including pieces by Handel, Mozart, Bellini and Donizetti, and is considered to be one of the foremost interpreters of Rossini.  She is the most recorded mezzo-soprano of all time, having recorded widely for the Teldec, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsch Grammophon, Arabesque, Opera Rara, Bayer, Naive, Chandos, VAI and Cedille labels on more than 70 CDs.  Her appearance at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, singing the Olympic Hymn, was viewed by millions around the world.

Tickets to the performance are $20 general admission; $18 senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets are available at the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is free for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students.

For ticket availability or more information contact the Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or the Secrest Office at (336) 758-5757.  

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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