Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell close the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 season at West Virginia University with a concert featuring Bach’s “The Six Brandenburg Concertos.” Sorrell is one of the leading interpreters of Bach’s music and will provide insights into the work throughout the concert.

Six masterpieces in concerto grosso form, “The Six Brandenburg Concertos” are J.S. Bach’s supreme achievement in instrumental music. The pieces were unknown for more than six generations until published as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Bach’s death.

“The Six Brandenburg Concertos” will be performed by an ensemble of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, including solos by Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, Lorna McGhee, Jennifer Conner, Maryl�ne Gingras-Roy, Randolph Kelly, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and George Vosburgh.

Jim Cunningham, artistic director of WQED-FM, Pittsburgh, will conduct a pre-concert lecture on stage at 6:30 p.m., discussing the music to be performed during the concert. The lecture is free to ticket holders.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Tickets, priced at $26.50 and $43, are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll free at 1-800-743-8560, or by visiting the orchestra online at

Tickets also will be available at the theater on the evening of the concert. Student rush tickets may be purchased the day of performance for $15, or students can purchase their tickets online in advance for $12 at

Discounted student tickets are made possible through the generosity of William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie.

The concert is part of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU. The 2012-13 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie.

Award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell has been credited by the U.K.’s BBC Music Magazine for forging “a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music—a seductive vision of musical authenticity.” She takes her inspiration from the 17th-century concept of “Affekt,” in which the goal of the musician is to move the emotions of the listeners. Sorrell makes use of baroque dramatic devices, including rhetoric and harmonic tension and release, to bring baroque repertoire to life in a highly personal and communicative way.

In the 2012-13 season, she makes her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony leading Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

Sorrell opened the 2011 season with sold-out concerts at the Royal Theatre in Madrid, the Grand Th��tre de l’Op�ra in Bordeaux, and major halls in Lisbon, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Boston as part of an international tour with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, of which she is the founder and music director.

Born in the United States to Swiss and American parents, Sorrell was one of the youngest students ever accepted to the prestigious conducting courses of the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals. She studied conducting under Robert Spano, Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein, and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won both the First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition. She holds an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, where upon graduation she was invited to join the faculty of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre
JEANNETTE SORRELL, conductor & harpsichord

Johan Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major


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