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Allegro Artistic Director Brian Norcross honored with a marvelous video and article in Fig Magazine. Click here to enjoy!Brian - Fig Magazine

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?

Allegro 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Allegretto
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.

Allegretto
Deuce
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:

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
Jun 12 @ 3:00 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 NextGen: Women's Symphony Association Finalists @ Long's Park | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
Allegro NextGEN concerts are always popular, and people are always amazed at the virtuosity of these young musicians.  Prepare to be delighted by the talent of these young musicians and their professional mentors! Our 2016 concert is presented in collaboration with the Lancaster … Continue reading
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm
Allegro: German Beer Garden @ Ware Center | Lancaster | Pennsylvania | United States
Allegro Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 summer Passport series continues its world travels with a fun concert entitled ‘German Beer Garden.’ Anticipated Repertoire: Johann Strauss-Overture to der fledermaus Richard Strauss-Horn Concerto No. 1 with Albert Houde on horn Mahler-Symphony No 1, The Titan


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.