Jeannette Sorrell Sets Out to Uncover the Mysteries of Conducting in Playing with Fire Official Trailer Premiere

Setting up to unravel the mystery of what a piece of music is really about is the thrilling journey that’s taken by the titular conductor in the upcoming documentary, ‘Playing with Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting.’ The conductor’s determination to be taken seriously as a musical storyteller is introduced in the new official trailer for the movie, which Global Digital Releasing will distribute on digital platforms on Friday, June 9.

‘Playing with Fire’ chronicles how the Grammy winning musician was told by both the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Orchestra that no one would hire a woman conductor. That news didn’t discourage her ambitions, however, as she went on to form her own Baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire. She shows the world how she can transform the notes on the page into musical sounds in her ear and express them with her gestures to the musicians she works with on stage.

The highly-anticipated feature hails from Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Allan Miller. While discussing the documentary, he said: “What is the mystery of conducting? What combination of talent, study, experience and personal magnetism brings a conductor to a position of trust and authority with the musicians?

And what if the conductor is a woman?

Meet Jeannette Sorrell. She has been recognized internationally as one of today’s most creative early-music conductors and 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 has led her renowned orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, in sold-out concerts at London’s BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall as well as many other national and international venues. Last season her orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut, and the concert sold out in one day.

‘Playing With Fire’ is a study of the conductor’s art. It takes us inside the musical imagination of this acclaimed conductor. It explores the intensely private as well as the public activities of a conductor, with never-before filmed scenes of Sorrell preparing a score, then drawing her conception of the music from the orchestra in the almost magical process that is rehearsal and performance.

This journey into the mind of a conductor has never before been captured on film.”

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