Spotlight on Allegretto!
“Like many other high school seniors around the country, Grace Chon and Tom Herr will be graduating in June. But high school is not the only thing they will be bidding farewell to this year.
On May 4th, the Allegretto Youth Orchestra will wrap up its season with a performance at the Ware Center. For Chon and Herr, that Sunday afternoon marks the end of their memorable journey as Allegretto members.
‘We learned how to communicate across a group smaller than most youth orchestras and became more mature musicians,’ said Chon, who plays cello for the ensemble, ‘We were treated like professionals.’
Treating them as such were Allegretto conductor Dr. Brian Norcross and assistant conductor Frank Caravella.
‘I’ve learned a lot from Dr. Norcross and Mr. Caravella,’ said Herr, who plays bass for Allegretto. ‘They do an extraordinary job of helping high school students prepare professional level music.’
Though Chon nor Herr plan on playing music professionally, they won’t be saying goodbye to music anytime soon. Chon plans on minoring in music performance as she pursues her goal of becoming a pediatrician. Herr plans on double majoring in psychology and music theory, and hopes to stay involved in orchestras and other ensembles.
As they prepare for one last performance, Chon and Herr reflected on their favorite moments from rehearsals. Chon singled out ‘rumbling.’
‘A ‘rumble’ is when the orchestra congratulates a particular person or section for a job well done,’ explained Chon. ‘Each rumble is a happy thing to remember.’
Let’s hope they never forget.”
May – June 2014
May – June 2014
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.