Apollo’s Fire and its leader, Jeannette Sorrell, profiled in new documentary

Posted on: October 28, 2019

“The accolades for Apollo’s Fire keep on coming,” writes Zachary Lewis in Thursday’s (10/24) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “Filmmaker Allan Miller has gone and made a documentary bathing Cleveland’s baroque orchestra and founder Jeannette Sorrell in the warmest possible light. The 70-minute film, titled ‘Playing With Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting,’ opens Friday for a week at New York’s Cinema Village. After that, it’s off to festivals and then up for broadcast, streaming, and physical distribution…. ‘Playing With Fire’ is as much an education as an affectionate portrait. Anyone with an interest in early music will enjoy viewing behind-the-scenes footage of Apollo’s Fire rehearsals and staff meetings and hearing members of the orchestra talk about period instruments. Even more illuminating are sections devoted to conducting…. Sorrell was advised early in her career not to take up conducting on account of her gender but pressed on anyway, and was presciently encouraged by a former advisor at the Cleveland Orchestra and funding from the Cleveland Foundation to give Northeast Ohio another, much different orchestra…. The soundtrack, simply put, is stunning, a rich medley of extended clips from performances of works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, and others.”

Posted October 28, 2019