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SOULFUL CHRISTMAS

December 7th, 2018 at 7:00PM – First United Methodist Church Allen – 601 S Greenville Ave, Allen, Texas 75002

It is a reinterpretation of Handel’s Messiah but uses multiple genres of African American Music.  The Allen Symphony Chorus will be partnering with area African American congregations in this performance.

Tickets are priced at $25 for Adults; $20 for Seniors; and $15 for Students and can be ordered online or by phone at 972.359.0656.

“Soulful Christmas” will feature a major choral work call “Gospel Mass”. It is an appropriate work for the season that is written by Robert Ray, an African American composer, conductor, pianist and teacher.  Allen Symphony Chorus is singing with the choir from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for a combined chorus of over 100 voices and will be accompanied by an instrumental combo.  Shiloh’s director is also a distinguished conductor, composer, pianist, accompanist, organist, teacher and artist is his own right.  His name is Victor Johnson and he has over 200 compositions in print! Victor recently directed “Gospel Mass” for a combined chorus from all the high schools in Garland,Texas and will conduct the “Gospel Mass”.

The program will include selections such as the Whitney Houston version of “Joy to the World” from The Preacher’s Wife”, “Now,  Behold the Lamb”, “Worship the One”, “Mary Did You Know” and the ever popular and familiar Christmas Carol sing-a-long.

We will be singing two versions of the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel.  One is traditional and the other is from the work/CD “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”.

As a bonus, we will present two original compositions by Victor Johnson for Christmas “Christ Came to Bethlehem” and “Run to the Manger”.

You will enjoy a new exciting work, hear some familiar and unfamiliar music for the season, hear some original compositions from Victor and enjoy the combined choirs of Allen Symphony Chorus and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, an instrumental ensemble, with Chris Brunt, our accompanist and Rusty King, the conductor.

Dr. Ray received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University. He has appeared as piano soloist with the Kirkwood Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Seoul (Korea) Philharmonic Orchestra. He came to the University of Missouri – St. Louis from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he served as accompanist coach for the Strings Department and established the Black Student Chorus.

Choruses under his direction have appeared in concert with Ossie Davis, Max Roach, the late James Cleveland, Edwin Hawkins, and many other recording artists. Professor Ray has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic Music and Multi-Cultural Prospectives for the American Choral Directors Association (Southwestern Division) and has appeared as a lecturer and clinician at numerous universities and colleges, as well as MENC, ACDA, and IAJA conventions. He is the composer of Gospel Mass and other works published by Hal Leonard. Recently, he conducted the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in A Gospel Christmas, where the orchestra version of his Gospel Magnificat was premiered.

Professor Ray served as accompanist for singers William Warfield and Robert McFerrin and is in frequent demand as a speaker, adjudicator, and guest conductor. In 1997, Professor Ray served as guest conductor for the Europa Cantat in Linz, Austria, and in July 2000 he conducted the European Youth Choir for a two week concert tour.

Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas.  He worked for 17 years teaching at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts during which time he was director of the Children’s Choir of Texas. Victor attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. While attending UTA, he served as student conductor of the university’s choral ensembles and opera workshop accompanist. He was also honored with the awards of “Outstanding Music Freshman” in 1997 and also “Outstanding Musician” in 2001.

As a composer, Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards for the past 12 years. His first piece was published in 1994, while he was a sophomore in high school. To date, he has over 200 octavos and choral products in the catalogs of Heritage Music Press, The Lorenz Corporation, Chorister’s Guild, SoundForth, and Hal Leonard Corporation.

Victor has led reading sessions and choral workshops in numerous states and has conducted All-State and Regional Honor choirs in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky. His own choir was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2011.

His professional affiliations include: American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc.

 

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A KNIGHT AT THE OPERA

Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Nine Band Brewing Company

9 Prestige Circle, Allen 75002

Opera on Tap (OOT) was born in 2005 at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn and incorporated in 2007 to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form and to support the developing artists who continue to keep the art form alive. What began as a small monthly gathering of ambitious, classically trained singers looking for more performance opportunities, has grown into a producing organization that has gained a loyal audience base and national recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene.  The Allen Philharmonic is honored to partner with the Denton Chapter of Opera on Tap to produce this event.

FALL CONCERTS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

October 7, 2018.

Music designed to reinforce the themes of the 2018 ALLen Reads book selections.  Arrive at 2:00pm and learn about the instrument families of the orchestra with our petting zoo.  Then enjoy the concert at 3:00pm with music from Spiderman, Moana, and Coco who like the characters in the ALLen Reads books, put others needs before their own.

FAREWELL TO SUMMER

September 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Allen Civic Plaza, 305 Century Parkway (view map)

Free event

Join the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra as we bid “Farewell to Summer” and celebrate Labor Day.  Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, and a picnic basket and setup camp in Allen Civic Plaza (on the City Hall grounds) for an evening of your favorite light classics, pops, rock, and Broadway.

 

Highlights of the program include music by Sousa and Strauss (the March and Waltz Kings), medleys from Oklahoma and Mary Poppins, music by The Eagles, Leroy Anderson’s “The Waltzing Cat,” and more.  Bring along the entire family, and be sure the kids enter our free raffle to guest conduct the orchestra on the second half!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patriotic Salute

June 29th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Watters Creek
Free event

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Make Music Day

June 21st, 2018, all day
Watters Creek
Free event

Metamorphosis

April 13th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Guest performer: Douglas Kwon
First United Methodist Church Allen

 

Concert Program:
Overture to Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss
The Promise of Living Aaron Copland

Stomp Your Foot
Violin Concerto in D Major Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphonic Metamorphosis Paul Hindemith

The Allen Philharmonic is pleased to welcome Douglas Kwon, the 2016 Grand Prize Winner of the Young Texas Artist Competition, to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Douglas has been a Teaching Assistant to Professor Brian Lewis at the University of Texas at Austin while enrolled in the Doctoral Musical Arts degree program. He will graduate with his Doctorate in May 2017. Mr. Kwon earned his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in Chamber and Professional Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Ian Swnesen, Li Lin, and Wei He.

As a chamber musician, Douglas has collaborated with esteemed pianists Menahem Pressler, and Pedja Muzijevic, as well as violinists Roberto Diaz, and Kim Kashkashain. Douglas has performed with members of the Cleveland, Concord, Ravel, Ives and St. Lawrence quartets. He has performed as a soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra, University Orchestra at UT Austin, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and University of Calgary Orchestra.
As an orchestral player, he has had the privilege of working with Conductors Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andris Nelsons, Jaap van Zweden, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Simon Rattle. Douglas has played with the Houston Symphony, Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera. For the past summers, he has participated in Morningside Music Bridge, Meadowmount School of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Douglas Kwon will join the Toronto Symphony as a section violin player in the fall of 2017.

 

 

Duruflé Requiem

Palm Sunday, March 25th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church Allen

Free event

 

 

The featured work is the “Requiem” by Duruflé

In addition, the audience will hear “Concerto for Two Pianos” by Poulenc

Special Appearance:  Hannah Payne with Chris Brunt will be performing this Poulenc Piano Concerto with orchestra

 

Let’s Go To The Zoo

March 10th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Pre-concert activities start at 1:00 p.m.

Allen Public Library
Free event

 

Join us as we take you on a musical journey featuring

Selections from Carnival of the Animals

Peter & the Wolf, narrated by Carl Johnson

Special Guest Bryan Han, Gold medalist of this season’s

Roger & Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition

Will perform the first movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto

Roger and Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition

January 20th, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.
Lowery Freshman Center
Free event

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Click here to download the suggested repertoire list.

TUBACHRISTMAS

The Allen Philharmonic is pleased to present the Inaugural Allen TUBACHRISTMAS, Sunday, December 17th at Watters Creek. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.

Tuba players of all ages are welcome to join us for this event.  Registration begins at 12 noon at Blue House Too, located at 934 Watters Creek Drive.  Rehearsal begins at 1:00pm.  The cost to participants is $10 and music selections will come from CAROLS FOR A MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS. Songbooks will be available for purchase onsite if the performers do not already own a copy of the music. The musicians will be conducted by Jeff Baker, principal Tuba with the Allen Philharmonic.

Then, we invite the community to come watch our musicians when they congregate around the tree on Village Green Drive at 2:30 pm to play, filling Watters Creek with the sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated, themed tubas.  This program is registered with the Harvey Phillips Foundation, please visit www.allenphilharmonic.org for additional information.

December 17th, 2017
Watters Creek
Free event

Christmas at Connemara

December 10th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.
Connemara Conservancy
Free event

 

Nutcracker with Allen Civic Ballet

December 16th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
December 17th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.
Allen ISD Performance Art Center

Follow Clara as she saves her beloved Nutcracker Prince from the evil Mouse Queen and embarks on a journey through the Land of Snow to the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of the Sweets.

Live musical accompaniment by the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Music Festival

December 8th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church in Allen

Put yourself in the Christmas spirit with a performance of holiday music both sacred and familiar.  Come join the Allen Symphony Chorus for A Christmas Music Festival Friday, December 8th.  This program begins at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church of Allen, located at 601 S. Greenville Avenue.  Programming includes Christmas Selections of Handel’s Messiah; John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, Jesus Child, What Sweeter Music, The Very Best Time of the Year; then close out the evening by joining the chorus with Sing-A-long Carols familiar to all.

 

Allen ISD Youth Concert

November 14th, 2017, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Allen ISD Performance Art Center
Free event

The Allen Philharmonic is honored to present the annual Allen ISD Fourth Grade Youth Concert on Tuesday, November 14th at the Allen Performing Arts Center. Conducted by Allen ISD Fine Arts Director Jeff Turner, this program features music from the 2017-2018 UIL Music Memory list that is studied in the elementary campus music classrooms. It is a great opportunity to have the material studied in class come alive onstage in an orchestral performance.

Music from the Great American Songbook

November 11th, 2017, at 7:30 PM.
First United Methodist Church of Allen

Join the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphony Chorus as we present an evening of great songs highlighting Music from the Great American Songbook. Featured orchestral selections include A Salute to Big Bands, Cole Porter Salute, and Gershwin by George.

Special Guest Teddy Davey, in a nod to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, will perform Sinatra favorites that include Unforgettable, My Way, New York New York… just to name a few.

Bach & Broomsticks

October 21st, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.
Guest performer: Joe McDermott
Watters Creek
Free event

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Time Machine to 1967!

October 7th, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.  Pre-concert activities start at 2:00 p.m.
Allen Public Library
Free event

 
Join the Allen Philharmonic for our inaugural Concerts for Young Audiences series on Saturday, October 7th.  Time Machine to 1967!kicks off the Allen Public Library’s 50th anniversary celebration. Presented in the Civic Auditorium, located at 300 N. Allen Drive, preconcert activities begin at 2:00 and the concert at 2:30pm.

Ryan Ross, Principal Guest Conductor of the Allen Philharmonic, has designed a concert program with music from popular culture, Hollywood, and Broadway – all making their debut 50 years ago. Selections include music from Fiddler on the Roof, The Jungle Book, The Doors on Tour, and a Beatles Medley. Enjoy music’s beauty and wonder when the orchestra performs the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No.5. Known as the Father of the Symphony, Joseph Haydn was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, and the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

The Young Person’s Concert Series is a new program developed by the Allen Philharmonic with enthusiastic support from Jeff Timbs, Director of the Allen Public Library.  Leonard Bernstein, famed conductor of the New York Philharmonic, brought their Young People’s Concerts to a new level of attention and importance when he took over as Conductor.  In 1962, these concerts became the first series televised from Lincoln Center.  Bernstein’s performances inspired generations of musicians and music lovers.  The Allen Philharmonic and Allen Public Library look to inspire the next generation of music lovers with this concert series.  Time Machine to 1967! is free with the underwriting support of the City of Allen, Allen Arts Alliance, and the Allen Noon Rotary Club.