Apollo’s Fire, a baroque ensemble based in Cleveland, made its long awaited Chicago debut at Mandel Hall on Friday night, kicking off the 2016-17 season of University of Chicago Presents. It was an evening to remember.
Led by harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, the group offered sizzling playing, always finding and emphasizing the most exciting elements of the music. Sorrell is charismatic leader, her physical movements as musical and graceful as her playing. Her ensemble showed commitment at every turn and infused the music with vigor and vitality.
Their selections from Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite” created marvelous storytelling with warm sun when the knight awakens and gusty winds as he tilts at windmills.