Apollo's Fire:

Bach Concertos

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Apollo's Fire

Coral Gables Woman (click here for map)

1001 E Ponce De Leon Blvd

Coral Gables, FL 33134

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"In the afternoon concert at Cadogan Hall, the Cleveland based period instrument ensemble Apollos Fire gave a program of mostly baroque music that flickered and danced... The programme was designed to take the audience back to Zimmerman's coffee shop in 18th-century Leipzig, where, unusually, women were allowed to attend concerts - just as well since Apollo's Fire is directed by the live-wire Jeanette Sorrel". The Financial Times, London

Gottfried Zimmermann owned a Kaffeehause at 14 Katharinenstrasse which was an important venue for the growing middle-class and nobility of Leipzig. He was evidently a music-lover, because in 1720 he allowed Georg Philipp Telemann, who was then a young law student in the city, to start a series of concerts under the title Collegium Musicum. The café consisted of two connected rooms for a total dimension close to half of the space in which this evening’s concert takes place. The players were mostly young; there was no hall rental, and the concerts were free to the clients. Mr. Zimmerman made his money presumably on coffee.

J. S. Bach took over the Collegium in 1729. He had been in Leipzig for six years but completely taken up with his duties at the Thomasschule and the Nikolaikirche. It had been one of the most intensive periods of sacred composition in his life. He may well have enjoyed now having a weekly appointment on Wednesdays between 4 and 6 PM to play chamber music with a group made up of his colleagues, his students, and no doubt his sons. The concerts came to an end in 1741 with the death of Mr. Zimmermann.

In his early thirties Bach had been employed by the court of Cóthen, where the young duke was a music lover and francophile who also employed a number of virtuose players, many of them French, and where Bach had no church obligations This was a time when he composed and performed a variety of instrumental music modeled largely on Italian and French styles. An important part of his secular instrumental music comes from this time, including the six Brandenburg Concertos. In Leipzig, twenty years later he again had occasion to produce and perform in a congenial, secular atmosphere – no fights with city elders, no fights with church elders and abundant coffee, if nothing stronger, available.

Almost nothing is known of the programs for the concerts of the Collegium, but what will be heard at this concert was in all probability heard on those evenings.

In the tradition of Zimmerman's Coffee House,the band will play an all-Bach program including two of the Brandenburg Concertos

Program details to follow.

Tickets for the performance are $35.00 General Admission, $45.00 or Preferred seating. Students up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge. College and graduate students pay $5.00. To obtain student ticket please email us at Info@MiamiBachSociety.org. All students will need to show a current school ID at the door.

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*Clips listed here are representative of the artists and composer, but may be different
from those being played in the Tropical Baroque Music Festival program

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