The Allegria Ensemble musicians perform in State College, Centre County, and the Central Pennsylvania region. You've heard us in concert at First Night, Arts Fest, Music at Penn's Woods Festival, Music at McCann, and the Unitarian Fellowship Winterfest Series. We are active professional musicians and perform locally as members of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Music at Penn's Woods Festival, the Altoona Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony, and the Nittany Valley Symphony. The Allegria Ensemble is a member of Chamber Music America and performs in May for National Chamber Music month. Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Music Performance Trust Fund support our performances in regional schools. We are available for hire as a string quartet, and in trio, duo and solo options for wedding ceremony music, receptions, meetings, memorials, and other private events.
Wedding and Event Music news:
We'll be at the 2016 Bridal Expo at the Penn Stater on Sunday, January 31 for anyone who'd like to meet us, hear us, and chat about wedding ceremony music. We've recently added new tunes to our repertoire. We also create custom arrangements tailored to our musicians. Each instrument combination has a distinct list of tunes available on request.
Don't Stop Believing' by Journey
One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story
Cello Suite #1 Prelude featuring either cello or viola
A set of 6 Spanish Airs by de Beriot for viola and cello
Two collections of classical favorites adding 48 new tunes ranging from Bach to Copland
Duet with obliggato eyeglasses by Beethoven
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton for string quartet or duo
In addition to classical wedding standards, we also perform lighter classical fare, and our own custom arrangements of pop tunes to provide music for a cocktail reception or dinner. Non-traditional ceremonies, outdoor events, private house concerts, and memorials are all within our scope. In addition to music in religious houses, we also perform at diverse venues including the Penn State Arboretum, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and Eisenhower Chapel, the All Sports Museum, Spring Mount Farms, Toftrees Resort, Brookmere Winery, McCann School of Art, Seven Mountains Winery.
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Audience Outreach news:
The trio of Robyn Costa, Jon Dexter and Debbie Trudeau received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to perform in St. Mary's schools in 2016! We perform a program for new audiences called "How to Listen to Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show." Using many short pieces to introduce a variety of musical styles with lots of active audience participation, these are lively concerts! Watch this video of our work with a local elementary school exploring a waltz in mixed time of 3/4 and 4/4 against 5/8 - pretty wild!