March Concerts for Young Audiences A Grand Performance
Saturday March 7 3:00pm performance/pre-concert activities at 2:00pm
Civic Auditorium of Allen Public Library
The Allen Philharmonic welcomes you to our spring Concerts for Young Audiences performance at the Allen Public Library. This free concert is designed to welcome children and their families to enjoy a fun musical program designed just for them.
Special guest soloist will be the gold medal winner of our very own Roger & Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition and announcement of the winner will be made on January 25, 2020. This will be a chance for kids in the audience to see a performance by someone not much older than they are, and it’s sure to jumpstart their excitement about learning music! Featured programming will include a new work entitled A Family for Baby Grand, the story of a Baby Grand piano who leaves home to join an orchestra. The Allen Philharmonic is excited to partner with the Allen High School Theater program for this performance.
April Spring Concert – Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash
Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:30pm
Lowery Freshman Center Auditorium
Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the Allen Philharmonic and enjoy a performance of three of his iconic works!
The Coriolan Overture, written for Heinrich von Collin’s play Coriolan, is based on one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed tragedies, Coriolanus. Beethoven only wrote the overture for the tragedy basing his music on the main character not the entire story. Today, the Coriolan Overture is recognized as the first truly abstract overture, one that would serve as the archetype for other composers.
The 2019 Grand Prize Winner, Russian pianist Artem Kuznetsov, will join the Orchestra and Symphony Chorus as we feature the unique work Choral Fantasy. This piece is a direct spiritual predecessor to the Ode to Joy portion of the Ninth Symphony, and in Choral Fantasy we see the first glimmers of what’s to come.
The anchor of the program will be the maestro’s Seventh Symphony, a crowd favorite since it was written. Composer and Music Author Anthony Hopkins states “The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as “one of my best works.” Who are we to dispute his judgment?”
Come for some cake (literally) and help us celebrate the greatest musical titan of them all!