Video Interviews

Living the Classical Life

When we started Apollo’s Fire, I was living on Ramen noodles.”

Grammy®-winner Jeannette Sorrel recounts how she built one of the largest audiences for baroque music in the U.S. despite having no money, no role model and being told that neither audiences nor musicians would accept a woman as a conductor.

She also explains how she leads musicians and audiences alike toward an understanding of a centuries-old aesthetic.


Boston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg interviews Jeannette before a live audience at the Tanglewood Festival.

Jeannette discusses growing up as a female conducting student; her lessons with Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington at Tanglewood; her interview with Christoph von Dohnanyi which led to the founding of Apollo’s Fire; her artistic philosophy (Affekt/emotional moods and rhetoric), and more…with Eric Vallière, BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator.