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The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach have proven their power to move, delight and captivate audiences for 250 years.
Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will bring these iconic works to Los Alamos 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. This performance is the second event in the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 2013-14 season.
Award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell will lead her 16-member ensemble in five of the six concertos commissioned in 1719 by Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg.
Concerto No. 2 is a tour de force for the solo trumpet. Concerto No.3 is for strings alone and treats each of the instruments as an equal soloist.
Violin and recorder share the spotlight in the 4th concerto. Harpsichord and flute begin Concerto No. 5 by passing phrases back and forth, but the harpsichord takes center stage in the virtuosic final movement. Two violas exchange solos in Concerto No.6.
Named for the classical God of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992. Now hailed as one of the world’s most respected period-instrument ensembles, it enjoys sold-out performances at its home base in Cleveland.
Frequent North American tours have included appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Library of Congress. The ensemble last appeared in Los Alamos in 1999.
Apollo’s Fire has released 20 commercial CDs, and currently records for the British label AVIE. Four of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart including a recent recording of the Brandenburg Concertos.
Apollo’s Fire CDs will be available for sale in the Smith Auditorium lobby during the concert’s intermission. CDs can also be purchase through LACA’s website. All sales benefit the Los Alamos Concert Association.
The Los Alamos Concert Association presents five concerts each year featuring musical artists who have made their mark in concert halls around the world. The 2013-14 season marks the Association’s 67th year of operation.
Young people ages 6 through 18 are always admitted free of charge to LACA concerts.
Tickets for adults at $30 and free youth tickets are available for purchase at CB Fox and at Smith’s in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
Adult tickets may also be purchased at the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and online through LACA’s web site at
losalamosconcert.org. Tickets at the door are $35.