with Apollo’s Fire and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Two-time Oscar-winning director Allan Miller takes us behind the scenes to explore the mysterious art of conducting. The documentary film follows GRAMMY®-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell– one of today’s most interesting conductors and a vivid interpreter of baroque and classical music.  Sorrell, told by the Juilliard School and The Cleveland Orchestra that no one will hire a woman conductor, forms her own Baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, to immediate acclaim.

The film shows Sorrell working and teaching at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music festivals, and includes rehearsal scenes with two GRAMMY®-winning orchestras – Apollo’s Fire and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The role of the conductor as storyteller emerges as Miller pursues the secrets of a conductor’s art.  



Cinéma Village | 22 E 12th St, New York, NY
View Schedule (multiple showings each day)

Special Private Event Screening
Friday, October 25, 7:00pm
Followed by Q&A with Jeannette Sorrell and film director Allan Miller.  For an invitation to this special event, contact Ms. Noha Ryder at 216.320.0012 x 2, or nryder@apollosfire.org.


Allan Miller has been called “America’s foremost filmmaker of documentaries on classical music” by the New York Times.

He has produced and directed over 35 films and television programs around the world. He has won two Academy Awards: best Feature Length Documentary for his 1979 film FROM MAO TO MOZART – Isaac Stern in China, and in 1975, THE BOLERO, best short feature, with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. SMALL WONDERS, the story of a violin program in the public schools of East Harlem, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996 and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep. In 2001 he directed THE TURANDOT PROJECT, the making of the Puccini opera in Beijing under conductor Zubin Mehta and staged by legendary Chinese filmmaker, Zhang Yimou.

In 2010 he directed YOU CANNOT START WITHOUT ME, a film about conductor Valerie Gergiev, following his rehearsals and performances in Russia, the UK, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  In 2012 he directed I SING BEIJING, a film about young western opera singers in China learning to perform in Mandarin. His previous film, SPEAK THE MUSIC, explores the life of Robert Mann, his fifty-one years as founding first violinist of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet.