The Allegria Ensemble musicians perform live music in the State College 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. The musicians are active professionals and perform locally as members of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, and the Nittany Valley Symphony. Our musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians. 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 weddings, receptions, meetings, and other private events.
Wedding and Event Music news:
We've just added some new tunes to our repertoire for weddings, receptions, and other events. We purchase music and also create custom arrangements tailored to our musicians. Each instrument combination has a distinct list of tunes available on request.
New for the String Quartet:
Don't Stop Believing' by Journey,
One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story
Cello Suite #1 Prelude featuring either cello or viola
New for Viola and Cello:
A set of 6 Spanish Airs by de Beriot
Two collections of classical favorites adding 48 new tunes ranging from Bach to Copland
Duet with obliggato eyeglasses by Beethoven
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Claption
In addition to the wedding standards, we also perform lighter classical fare and custom arranged jazz and pop tunes to provide music for a cocktail reception or dinner. Non-traditional ceremonies, outdoor events, private concerts, and memorials are all within our scope. In addition to music in religious houses, we also perform at diverse wedding 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, and more.
We are pleased to share feedback from satisfied clients. We are currently taking reservations for dates into 2016.
Audience Outreach news:
This just in: 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!
The Allegria String Quartet has several commissions to prepare. We'll let you know when we schedule the public performances.