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So What’s a Chamber Orchestra Anyway? This summer’s concert series marks Allegro’s thirteenth year of presenting classical music to the Lancaster community. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, we are grateful for your loyal support! You’ve helped us create the sense of community we love, and allowed us to grow and expand our mission to present Music for the People! Thanks for checking in (and scroll down to see what we have in store for the 2015 summer season)!
If you’ve just heard of Allegro, and clicked your way here to find out what we are all about, then you’re still waiting for some answers. Look no further! Allegro is Lancaster’s own chamber orchestra — which is to say we are a smaller ensemble than you would find with a symphony orchestra. Our size allows us to fit comfortably in smaller, more intimate venues, and get closer to our audience — like a “house concert” for orchestral music! Allegro is a musical term for a lively tempo, which literally translated means “joyful.” We are all about finding joy and life in the music we play, whether it is from the 18th century, or a composer living down the street. Our audiences have enjoyed the causal, “living room” approach of director Brian Norcross and the musicians. In the words of long-time Allegro bassist Don Grabowski, “by peeling away the curtain between the audience and the stage, Brian brilliantly draws them into the mind and life of the composer,” sharing the historic context and humorous or serious real-life situations that shaped the music. As a result, both seasoned fans and newcomers alike have a place in the Allegro family.
Here are a few highlights of our upcoming performances:
- Two world premieres: Ralph Lehman’s Concerto in B Flat for Horn and Orchestra in June, and John Carbon’s viola concerto Harlequinade in July, as well as tried-and-true favorites by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven!
- Guest soloists from the Philadelphia Orchestra!
- A return to Long’s Park for another Allegro NextGEN performance! The park’s summer music series is one of Lancaster’s favorite summer activities, and a perfect setting for Allegro: the amphitheater facing a grassy green hill surrounded by cool trees, complete with picnics, grilling, frisbee and dogs, fits well with our mission of presenting Music for the People. The theme is “The British Invasion,” and it will have something for everyone — from great English classics and folk songs, to The Beatles and James Bond. This will be an excellent opportunity for Lancaster residents to get to know their local chamber orchestra, and for visitors to get a taste of the town’s vibrant arts scene and community-focused culture. Check out the Allegro NextGEN page to find out more!
- The summer season will wrap up with a performance of “Movie Music” in August, which will feature works from Star Wars, Amadeus, and Jurassic Park, just to name a few.
- Also stay tuned for the upcoming Lounge42, which will pair a short orchestra performance with a great after party (last year’s featured a salsa band)!
And don’t forget that Allegro is now a year round organization, with the Music in the Round winter series, and the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra too. Keep your ears open, you never know where Allegro will turn up next!
— Jason D. Landis, Allegro intern and Millersville University student
Music in the Round: The Winds of Allegro
@ Ware Center
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm
Allegro’s Music in the Round series returns 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 Atrium for the best in music … Continue reading
Music in the Round: Pictures at an Exhibition
@ Ware Center
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm
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 Atrium for the best in music for … Continue reading
Music in the Round: Easy Come, Easy Go
@ Ware Center
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
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
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.