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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.

Full stageA 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.

Listen Local logoWith 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.

Feb
22
Sun
Allegretto: We’re Not Finished Yet! @ Ware Center
Feb 22 @ 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:

Mozart – Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Corigliano – Voyage
Raff – Sinfonietta
Glass – Company
Schubert – Symphony No. 8, The Unfinished

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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.

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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

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)

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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.