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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)!

Listen Local logoIf 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!
  • Long's Park with crowdA 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

Mar
13
Fri
Music in the Round: Brandenburg @ Ware Center
Mar 13 @ 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 chamber ensemble, with the audience surrounding the performers. This concert includes:

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (Jana MacKay, Morgann Davis, Flutes; Todd Sullivan, Violin)
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Rutter – String Suite

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May
3
Sun
Allegretto: The Scottish Are Coming! @ Ware Center
May 3 @ 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 is very seldom available to students of this age group. Anticipated repertoire includes:

Weill – Symphony No. 2
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 , The Scottish

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Jun
13
Sat
Allegro: The Philadelphians Are Coming @ Ware Center
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm

The first concert of Allegro’s 2015 Summer series has an interesting title (The Philadelphians Are Coming) that highlights some extremely special guests – two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. We welcome Assistant Principal Second Violinist Dara Morales for a return visit, and French hornist Shelly Showers for her Allegro premiere! The concert features a premiere of another sort also – the World Premiere of Ralph Lehman’s Concerto For Horn (featuring Shelly Showers, of course!). Dara Morales will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (always a crowd-pleaser) and the concert will include Symphony No. 1 of Charles Gounod.

Bassoons

Jun
14
Sun
Allegro: The Philadelphians Are Coming @ Ware Center
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm

The first concert of Allegro’s 2015 Summer series has an interesting title (The Philadelphians Are Coming) that highlights some extremely special guests – two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. We welcome Assistant Principal Second Violinist Dara Morales for a return visit, and French hornist Shelly Showers for her Allegro premiere! The concert features a premiere of another sort also – the World Premiere of Ralph Lehman’s Concerto For Horn (featuring Shelly Showers, of course!). Dara Morales will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (always a crowd-pleaser) and the concert will include Symphony No. 1 of Charles Gounod.

Bassoons

Jun
21
Sun
Allegro NextGen: The British Invasion @ Long's Park
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Don’t miss Allegro NextGEN’s next event – A concert titled The British Invasion!  Combining music by British composers with famous film music about Brits, this concert has something for everyone – even James Bond! This collaboration of the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra with the professionals of Allegro continues to provide spectacular performances!

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Jul
11
Sat
Allegro: Beethoven 5 @ Ware Center
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm

It’s perhaps the most famous piece in all of Classical music: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony! Audiences never tire of hearing this masterpiece, and you’ll be thrilled to hear Allegro’s rendition. But that’s not all: the concert will also feature another crowd favorite, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. And another World Premiere! Allegro concertmaster Todd Sullivan will perform the premiere of composer John Carbon’s Viola Concerto.

Todd Sullivan

Jul
12
Sun
Allegro: Beethoven 5 @ Ware Center
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm

It’s perhaps the most famous piece in all of Classical music: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony! Audiences never tire of hearing this masterpiece, and you’ll be thrilled to hear Allegro’s rendition. But that’s not all: the concert will also feature another crowd favorite, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. And another World Premiere! Allegro concertmaster Todd Sullivan will perform the premiere of composer John Carbon’s Viola Concerto.

Todd Sullivan

Aug
8
Sat
Allegro: Movie Music @ Ware Center
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

To end Allegro Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 Summer Season, what could be more fun than a concert of your favorite movie music? Combining Classical greats that featured heavily in the movies to the very best themes written just for the movies, this will be an exciting concert! Anticipated Repertoire may include:

R Strauss-Opening Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Space Odessey)
Beethoven-Symphony No. 7, mvt 2 (King’s Speech)
Mozart-Marriage of Figaro (Willy Wonka)
Pachelbel-Canon (Ordinary People)
John Williams-Star Wars Episode
Shore-Lord of the Rings (Return of the King)
Mozart-Abduction from Seraglio (Amadeus)
Williams-Jurassic Park
Bach (Stokowski) Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Fantasia)

Violin

Aug
9
Sun
Allegro: Movie Music @ Ware Center
Aug 9 @ 3:00 pm

To end Allegro Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 Summer Season, what could be more fun than a concert of your favorite movie music? Combining Classical greats that featured heavily in the movies to the very best themes written just for the movies, this will be an exciting concert! Anticipated Repertoire may include:

R Strauss-Opening Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Space Odessey)
Beethoven-Symphony No. 7, mvt 2 (King’s Speech)
Mozart-Marriage of Figaro (Willy Wonka)
Pachelbel-Canon (Ordinary People)
John Williams-Star Wars Episode
Shore-Lord of the Rings (Return of the King)
Mozart-Abduction from Seraglio (Amadeus)
Williams-Jurassic Park
Bach (Stokowski) Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Fantasia)

Violin


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.

PCAPENNSYLVANIA 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.