Twenty years ago, a group of musicians gathered together in the living room of a residence in Lancaster City and played the music they loved. It was intimate and joyful, and in that very moment, an idea was born: What if every classical music concert could carry this same feeling of familiarity and happiness?

Listen Local logoAllegro is committed to cultivating new audiences for classical music by sharing our passion and love of music with the Lancaster community through innovative and accessible programming. Inspired by the vision of Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Brian Norcross, the ensemble embodies the classic definition by Catherine Drinker Bowen of chamber music as “a conversation between friends.” Most of Allegro’s immensely talented professional players are from Lancaster County. Their love of great music – and of playing together – shows in every performance.


Music in the Round
Pictures at an Exhibition
January 22

Revueltas – Hommage a Federico Garcia Lorca
Mussorgsky/Yu – Pictures at an Exhibition

Hommage a Federico Garcia Lorca pays tribute to this great Spanish poet, playwright and theatrical director. This is a stunning work that makes use of South American rhythms and energy to create an exciting and unusual musical tapestry. Pictures at an Exhibition, originally composed for solo piano, has been orchestrated by many composers. This version, composed for chamber orchestra by Julian Yu, offers a fresh musical look at this famous work, written by Modest Mussorgsky as a tribute to artist Viktor Hartmann after viewing an exhibition of Hartmann’s drawings and pictures.

Music in the Round
Easy Come, Easy Go!

March 11
Lehman – Divertimento in C, Dr. O’Brian’s Visitors, Premiere
Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto – Rusty Banks, Guitar
Haydn – Symphony No. 45, Farewell

This concert will begin with a new work by Allegro composer Ralph Lehman, where the musicians enter the performance space as their parts begin. Haydn’s famous Symphony No. 45, was Haydn’s message to his boss, a Prince Esterhazy, that it was time for him and his musicians to leave the summer quarters of the court and go home! Haydn demonstrated this by having the musicians leave the stage as their parts finished. Between all of this motion, Allegro will feature Lancaster County guitar virtuoso Rusty Banks on the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto.

How Great It Is
February 21

Mozart – Symphony No. 40
Rossini – Overture to Il Turco
Jeffrey Binner – Premiere
Mahler – Symphony No. 5, Adagietto

Symphony No. 40, also known as the “Great G Minor,” is perhaps Mozart’s best known symphony, featuring some of his most memorable melodies intertwined with his best symphonic writing. Also on the program is the Adagietto movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which is considered a love letter to Mahler’s future wife written only for strings and harp, as well as the premier of a new piece written by Jeffrey Binner for a small set of strings along with woodwinds and brass. Allegretto will also present an overture to Il Turco, a comic opera inspired by Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.

April 24

Beethoven – Symphony No. 2
Milhaud – Suite Française

As the title suggests, two famous seconds, Beethoven’s second symphony and the Second World War, take center stage in this concert. Allegretto will be presenting Beethoven’s epic second symphony, which was conducted by Beethoven himself in 1803, despite his progressive hearing loss. Also on the program is Darius Milhaud’s Suite Française, a piece based upon music from the five provinces of France which was written for the youth of America both as a way to share the music and culture of France, as well as an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices of their parents and siblings during WWII.

—  Lauren Bakalyar, Allegro Student Intern

Allegro Chamber Orchestra Announces Summer 2016 Season!

Brian conducting cropAllegro Lancaster has grown into a year-round organization with multiple events in multiple series, but the grand-daddy of them all is Allegro Chamber Orchestra, the summer series of orchestral events on the second Saturday of each summer month. The 2016 Passport Series takes us on world tour, with concerts featuring music from France, Germany and the U.S. And now, just in time for holiday giving, you can order season tickets for the summer series! Click Allegro 2016 Passport Series tickets to order your season tickets through our trusted ticketing partner, Vendini.

Our recent Nov, 2015 Music in the Round concert featured the Winds of Allegro in a stunning concert that was very well received! Enjoy this video by Andy Gulati of Joachim Raff’s rarely-heard Sinfonietta:

Feb 21 @ 4:00 pm
Allegretto: How Great It Is @ Ware Center | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
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 is … Continue reading
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
Music in the Round: Easy Come, Easy Go @ Ware Center | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
Allegro’s Music in the Round series continues with its signature blend of culinary treats and musical treats! Join us at 7:00 pm in the Ware Center’s Grand Salon for wine, beer and appetizers, and then at 7:30 move to the … Continue reading
Allegretto: Deuce @ Ware Center
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm
Allegretto: Deuce @ Ware Center | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
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 is … Continue reading
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm
Allegro: French Cafe @ Ware Center | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
Allegro Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 summer series travels the world! We’re kicking off the June concerts in France, with an evocative set entitled ‘French Cafe.’ Anticipated Repertoire: Gershwin – An American in Paris Dukas – Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mozart – Symphony No. 31 … 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.

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.