Saturday, February 23, 2019

934 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX  75013

Welcome fingerstyle guitarists Doug Smith and John Wynn, accompanied by painter Annie Royer.

6:30pm wine, beer,  and hors d’oeuvres accompanied by Vanguard Strings

8:00pm performance

Guitarist Doug Smith is a Grammy Award Winner and the 2006 winner of the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His playing has been heard on the big screen in the popular 2007 film August Rush and his original compositions are heard everywhere from NPR to TCM to Martha Stewart to Good morning America. His playing combines folk, classical and jazz elements and has been called “a cross between Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.”

John Wynn began playing musical instruments at the age of four.  He moved to Texas in 1989 and has been an active member of the local music community as an instructor, performer and composer.  His musical influences include Chet Atkins, John Knowles, and other well-known fingerstyle guitarists.

Anne began her art studies when she was six, attending the adult classes of Gustav Likan at the Art School at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas.  Mr. Likan’s daring work as a colorist influenced her greatly, and he was her mentor for twenty-five years.  “From an early age, my teacher and mentor, Gustav Likan, instilled in me the desire to create beauty through color and form, regardless of the subject matter.  I grew up in a musical and artistic family, and have always thrived on the synergy of creative collaboration.  When I paint to live music, I am a conduit for the expression of sound through color and form.”

$20 per person


(Story by Paul Dooley, Illustrations by Tanner Porter)

March 9, 2019

Civic Auditorium, Allen Public Library 300 N. Allen Drive  Allen, TX

The Conductor’s Spellbook.  This free, magical concert will be fun for the whole family.

Come listen to The Magic of Harry Potter, featuring themes from all eight Harry Potter movies and be enchanted by a performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring our 2018-2019 Gold Medalist, April Chung.

The highlight of the program is The Conductor’s Spellbook, which tells the magical story of Tony Stradivarius.  During a field trip to the symphony, young Tony finds a powerful book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra.  This exciting and interactive concert experience introduces the audience to music, orchestral instruments, and even conducting.  This concert will be unlike any symphony concert you may have experienced in the past!

Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00pm and the concert begins at 3:00pm.  Come hear and make musical magic with the Allen Philharmonic

Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
March 23 at 7:30pm

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On March 23 at 7:30pm, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphony Chorus is proud to present an epic spring concert program celebrating 20 years of great music, service, and innovation in our community. The performance will be in the Performing Arts Center located at Allen High School.

The highlight of the evening’s performance Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a scenic cantata based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana written in the 11th through 13th centuries. Sung in Latin, Middle High German, and Old French, the poems are based on the idea of the turning Fortuna Wheel (wheel of fortune) and covers a wide range of topics as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st – the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust.  Soprano Jennifer Wheeler, tenor Scot Cameron, and baritone Jeffrey Snider will be joined by 200 voices from the Allen Symphony Chorus, Collin College Chamber Choir, UTD, Richland College Chamber Singers,  Lone Star Youth Chorus, and the Fort Worth Elementary Honor Choir Select Singers.

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Additional selections for this program include the instantly recognizable Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 and the Hollywood-esque Sejourne Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, featuring guest soloist and 2018 Young Texas Artist’s Grand Prize Winner Justin Douté. A native of Denver, Colorado, Justin attended the Denver School of the Arts High School for Music and the Manhattan School of Music. While an undergraduate, he overcame three leukemia diagnoses and later completed his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the University of North Florida. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Northern Florida and a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, both in Percussion Performance. During the summer of 2018 Justin attained the Charlie Owen Fellowship at The Aspen School of Music and Festival.  A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in Justin’s name.

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This will be a program that is accessible and enjoyable whether it’s your first or 100th trip to the symphony. Tickets for this performance are priced from $10 to $25 and may be purchased here.

June 28, 2019

This free family friendly concert is performed on the green at Watters Creek, a resort style shopping center in Allen.  Philip Obado, Director of Allen ISD Band program will plan and conduct a concert performance that include Sousa marches and music from American Composers.