Guest Recitalists Jeanette Sorrell and Emlyn Ngai to Perform February 16

April 08, 2010

Members of 'Apollo's Fire,' Cleveland's baroque orchestra, harpsichordist Jeanette Sorrell and violinist Emlyn Ngai will be the guest recitalists for an evening of music on Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m. in the Presser Recital Hall of Mount Union College.


Sorrell studied at the Tanglewood Music Festival under Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein and under Robert Spano at OberlinCollege. As a harpsichordist, she studied under Lisa Crawford and Gustav Leonhardt and took first prize as well as the Audience Choice Award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition. She was also a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.

Sorrell received the 1994 Erwin Bodky Award, given to an outstanding young performer in early music, and the 1995 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, given for an outstanding scholarly and artistic project. She also won rave reviews for her 2001 debut with the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston) and is a frequent guest conductor for baroque projects at the Oberlin Conservatory, where she led a production of Handel's Alcina in 2003. In addition, she won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2003 and received an honorary doctorate from CaseWestern ReserveUniversity in 2004. Sorrell now serves annually as a conductor at the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra.

Ngai, a modern and historical violinist, has performed extensively throughout Canada and the United States. He is a concertmaster for the Philadelphia baroque orchestra. His historical violin skills have kept him in demand with various notable groups in North America, including Tafelmusik, Boston Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Washington Bach Consort. His involvement with Joshua Rifkin's Bach Ensemble has taken him to Bermuda, Germany, Spain and the UK.

Ngai holds degrees from McGillUniversity, Oberlin College Conservatory and the HarttSchool, University of Hartford, where he pursued advanced chamber music studies with the Emerson String Quarter. He is currently a faculty member at the HarttSchool, teaching violin and co-directing the Hartt School Collegium Musicum.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mount Union College Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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