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Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Oct 25 - Oct 26


Jeannette Sorrell, joined by vocal soloists and the Chorus of Apollo’s Fire, conducts Handel’s epic oratorio telling the biblical story of Moses leading the Israelites from bondage.

Handel’s Israel in Egypt


7:30 PM





7:30 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


2 Hours with Intermission

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Program Notes


Israel in Egypt


  • Jeannette Sorrell


    Grammy Award–winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. She is the subject of Playing with Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting, the 2019 documentary by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller.

    Bridging the period-instrument and symphonic worlds from a young age, Sorrell studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein, Roger Norrington, and Robert Spano at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won First Prize in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, where she competed against more than 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the United States, and the Soviet Union.

    Sorrell made her New York Philharmonic debut in 2021 and Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2022. She has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Florida, and New World Symphony orchestras and has also led the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion), National Symphony Orchestra (at the Kennedy Center), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera St. Louis (with the St. Louis Symphony), Calgary Philharmonic (in Canada), Grand Rapids Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, among others. This spring she makes her debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain).

    As founder and conductor of Apollo’s Fire, she has led the renowned ensemble at London’s BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Irish National Concert Hall, Library of Congress, and many international venues. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 30 commercial CDs, including 11 bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart and a 2019 Grammy winner. Her CD recordings of Bach’s St. John Passion and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons have been chosen as best in the field by the London Sunday Times (2020 and 2021). Her Monteverdi Vespers recording was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as one of 30 “Must-Have Recordings for Our Lifetime” (September 2022). Other albums include Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos (Billboard Classical Top 10 in 2012), four discs of works by Mozart, and five creative multicultural programs. With more than 12 million views of her YouTube videos, Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming.

    Learn more about Jeannette Sorrell
  • Amanda Forsythe


    Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical repertoire, Amanda Forsythe is a regular soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, and Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). She has performed with The Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras, as well as the Academy of Ancient Music, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

    Learn more about Amanda Forsythe
  • Sonya Headlam


    Soprano Sonya Headlam enjoys a vibrant career performing music that ranges from the Baroque to the 21st century. She opened the 2022–23 season with several solo debuts, including with The Philadelphia Orchestra, in Handel’s Messiah; Apollo’s Fire, in works by Mozart and Bologne at Cleveland’s Severance Hall; North Carolina Symphony, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; Grand Rapids Symphony, in J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass; and the New World Symphony, in Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate. Upcoming highlights include her debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Messiah with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.

    Learn more about Sonya Headlam
  • Cody Bowers


    American countertenor Cody Bowers is a Sullivan Foundation Award winner, a national semi-finalist in The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and recipient of a George London Foundation Finalist Award. In previous seasons he has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera War Memorial Opera House, Carnegie Hall, San Diego Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Opera Neo, and Tanglewood Music Center.

    Learn more about Cody Bowers
  • Jacob Perry


    Tenor Jacob Perry, lauded for his stylish interpretations of early music and his graceful sense of phrasing and luminous tone, has appeared as soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Bach Collegium San Diego, Mountainside Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Washington Bach Consort, and the Washington National Cathedral. He joined the Carmel Bach Festival in 2022 as the tenor participant in the Virginia Adams Best Masterclass.

    Learn more about Jacob Perry
  • Edward Vogel


    With a diverse repertoire of symphonic, chamber, and art music spanning ten centuries, baritone Edward Vogel is quickly being recognized as one of the most versatile concert singers today. His recent solo appearances have included Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt and Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Vergine with the Grammy Award–winning ensemble Apollo’s Fire led by Jeannette Sorrell, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Bach’s B-minor Mass, and Brahms’s A German Requiem with the Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra led by Eric Holtan. In 2019 Vogel made his international solo debut in J.S. Bach’s Mass in G major at Snape Maltings, United Kingdom, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Highly in-demand as an ensemble singer, Vogel has performed with groups including Bach Collegium Japan, Yale Choral Artists, and Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices in the world premiere of David Lang’s the writings at Carnegie Hall.

    Learn more about Edward Vogel
  • Apollo’s Singers (Chorus of Apollo’s Fire)
        Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director


    Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a Grammy Award–winning ensemble. Founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, the period band is dedicated to the Baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts, or passions, in the listeners. The musicians in Apollo’s Fire, who are creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric, have performed six European tours, with sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, and venues in France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal.

    Learn more about Apollo’s Singers (Chorus of Apollo’s Fire)
        Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director

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