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Allegro Chamber Orchestra Announces Summer 2016 Season!
Allegro 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., in addition to an exciting special event for each concert. For family-friendly fun, a cultural marketplace supported by local vendors will be open an hour prior to each performance. Travel the world with Allegro this summer!
Click Allegro 2016 Passport Series tickets to order your season tickets through our trusted ticketing partner, Vendini.
Friday, June 10th, 7 PM
Special Event: Wine and Cheese Tasting
Join us for our wine and cheese pairing performance! This hour-long concert preview will feature wine and cheese specifically chosen by John Peris (Cheese expert of The Savory Gourmet) and Chris Trendler (Wine Sommelier of Willow Valley Communities) to complement selections from the concert program. Guests will enjoy three samples of wine and a varied selection of cheese and charcuterie, paired together harmoniously to match the music you will hear! Tickets are $45/person with limited seating.
A French Café marketplace will open an hour prior to each performance, featuring French pastries, accordion music, an artist painting, and more.
Gershwin – An American in Paris
Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Mozart – Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
Ravel – Bolero
Friday, July 8th, 8:00 PM
Special Event: Bavaria (Lounge 42)
Our July special event is happening in conjunction with the Ware Center’s Lounge 42 event. Enjoy a German beer tasting and some hot Kunzler sausages while listening to a live band (The Vivien Leigh Documentary), accompanied by a shortened Allegro performance. Come out for a night of eclectic music, great beer and food, and wonderful company. Tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) are coming soon!
A German Beer Garden will open an hour prior to each performance, featuring German hot sausages, pretzels, folk dancers, and more.
Johann Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus
Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1, featuring Albert Houde on horn
Mahler – Symphony No. 1, “The Titan”
Friday, August 12th, 7 PM
Special Event: Farm-to-Table Dinner
Our last event of the Passport series will feature a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner. More information to follow. Limited seating.
An American Fair will open an hour prior to each performance; more information to follow.
John Williams – E.T.
Copland – Appalachian Spring
Gershwin – Piano Concerto in F, featuring William Wright on piano
Allegro NextGEN partners with WSA for Young Music Masters Competition at Long’s Park
The Allegro NextGEN orchestra is a continuation of Allegro’s commitment to youth and children. Once the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra had been created, the natural outgrowth was the creation of a mentoring orchestra, combining the experience of professional players of Allegro with the enthusiasm of youth players from Allegretto. The first Allegro NextGEN resulted in a stunning performance of Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, the Organ, which took place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The following year, the tradition of NextGEN taking place at Long’s Park began with a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9. This season’s collaboration with the Women’s Symphony Association marks a further commitment to youth musicians, giving 6 young persons the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra.
Allegro Artistic Director Brian Norcross honored with a marvelous video and article in Fig Magazine. Click here to enjoy!
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.
Our 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:
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm
Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm
Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm
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.