Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Jeanette Sorrell

Jeannette Sorrell

Orchestras rarely offer South Florida audiences the chance to hear Baroque music, preferring the grander–or at least louder–works of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Baroque specialist Jeannette Sorrell will take a step toward remedying that this weekend, conducting the New World Symphony in performances of Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann.

Founder and musical director of Apollo’s Fire, a Cleveland-based period-instrument ensemble, Sorrell combines a scholar’s respect for historical performance practices with an impresario’s energy, flair and showmanship. Her appearance three years ago with New World produced a performance of Baroque music that was full of personality yet true to the spirit of the music and its historical context.

This weekend’s program includes Telemann’s Grillen-Symphonie, Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for Two Violins and three works by Bach: the Orchestral Suite No. 2, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. For the Fifth Brandenburg, Sorrell will serve as conductor/soloist on the harpsichord, which has an elaborate cadenza.

Concerts will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at New World Center in Miami Beach.; 305-673-3331

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