Allegro’s New Mission and Focus a Great Success!
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.
Allegro has just completed our very successful 2014 Summer Concert series – three great concerts in the Ware Center by Lancaster’s favorite chamber orchestra! If you’re a long time Allegro-ite, you’ll have noticed some changes this summer. When we began performing in the summer of 2002, we adopted the then-standard business casual uniform of polo shirts and Khaki slacks. We wanted to create a less formal, more accessible setting where we could not just celebrate great music but also create a joyous musical community.
A dozen years later, the famed blue polos were getting a little faded and it seemed like time to update our Allegro look. Our players now perform in informal concert black of their choosing. Our volunteers have also traded in their classic tangerine polos for cheery tee shirts in an aqua blue called “Chill.”
They’ll highlight one of the coolest aspects of our ensemble – the vast majority of Allegro players are local professional musicians. They constantly remind us all of the blessings of living in such a vibrant arts community with so many gifted people.
With the change in our look came an updated mission and vision statement to reflect our evolution from a small orchestra playing each summer, to a year-round organization comprising Allegro, the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Music in the Round series and the Allegro NextGEN events, where Allegro pros mentor the young Allegretto musicians. You can read more about our mission and vision on our About Us page.
What stays the same? Our love of beautiful music and commitment to share its joy with you! We are Music for the People.
Allegro NextGen: Family Concert!
@ Ware Center
October 4, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Don’t miss Allegro NextGEN’s next event – a family concert featuring two pieces sure to please the entire family! The concert includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Saint-Saens’ famous Carnival of the Animals, featuring two fabulous young pianists, Sara Newswanger and Steven Gao. This … Continue reading
Allegretto: I Remember Mozart!
@ Ware Center
October 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is Lancaster’s own place to hear the very best high school instrumentalists in the region! We are very proud to give these fine students an opportunity to play the repertoire for chamber orchestra, an opportunity that … Continue reading
Music in the Round: Four Seasons
@ Ware Center
November 21, 2014 @ 6:45 pm
Allegro’s Music in the Round series returns with its signature blend of culinary treats and musical treats! Join us at 6:45 in the Ware Center’s Grand Salon for wine, beer and appetizers, and then at 7:30 move to the Atrium for the best … Continue reading
Music in the Round: Fanfares and Fireworks
@ Ware Center
January 23, 2015 @ 6:45 pm
Allegro’s Music in the Round series returns with its signature blend of culinary treats and musical treats! Join us at 6:45 in the Ware Center’s Grand Salon for wine, beer and appetizers, and then at 7:30 move to the Atrium for the best in music for … Continue reading
Allegro means joyful … fast and lively … a different musical experience …
We invite you to experience the joy of Allegro! Allegro brings the music to life through concerts that are specially designed to be engaging, enjoyable and fun. Our musicians clearly love what they are doing. The players mingle with the audience before concerts, during intermission and after performances.
Allegro‘s conductor, Brian Norcross, is well known throughout the region for his superb musicianship, positive focus, and unique ability to relate to audiences. His sharing of anecdotes about the composers and their work increases everyone’s understanding and appreciation of the complexities of the music.
PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
Allegro receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.