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"Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world."~ Ernest Boyer, President Carnegie Foundation
Entertain throughout the year...From its start in 1998, The Allen Philharmonic continues its tradition of performing outstanding music through a season of concerts and special events that feature: Conductor and Music Director Richard Giangiulio, an award winning recording artist, bringing a wealth of programming and performance excellence to the stage. World class performances by guest artists with national and international followings. Collaborations with the Cliburn Foundation and the Young Texas Artist Music Competition which encourage excellence in young musicians. The Sight and Sound Salon series, presented in private homes or small venues, offering an intimate music and visual art experience. Partnerships with fellow Allen Arts Alliance members include: ALLen ReaDS, The Friends of the Allen Public Library's community book project bringing literature and music together in exciting programs. The Allen Civic Ballet's Nutcracker and sparing dance programs enriching the dancers' experience while providing live dance productions in the community.
Educate our children...Arts education is proven to increase cognitive development, inspire motivation and discipline, develop confidence and creativity, and hone communication skills in children and young adults. As a partner in education, the Allen Philharmonic provides: Annual youth concert for third grade students. Past concerts have included Dan Kamin's The Magic Orchestra, Carl Johnson in Rumpelstiltskin; the Dallas Black Dance Theatre in Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals; and the Texas Astronomical Society's Photos from Space. Guest artists and musicians present master classes and clinics to high school orchestra and band students to enhance their preparation for UIL and All Region contests. The annual Roger & Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition is held for high school students and the gold medalist if invited to perform the winning concerto at a subscription concert. Funding for Summer Music Enrichment camps. Be Our Guest, a parent and student event, invites students from the performing and visual arts programs, in grades 5 through 9, to be a guest of the orchestra. Scholarships for instrument rentals and enrichment experiences are available.
Enrich our community...The Allen Philharmonic endeavors to meet the needs of our community through outreach and enrichment programs such as: A free Patriotic Pops concert every year on Memorial Day which honors and remembers those who fight for our freedom every day. The evening concludes with the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever and fireworks. The Allen Symphony Chorus, founded in 2001, maintains its grassroots foundation of membership from within our community, and performs genres from classical to pop. The Allen Folk Music Society meets on the third Saturday of each month for an old-fashioned sing-along at the Blue House Gallery. Guests are invited to bring an acoustic instrument, a song and a snack to share. Our complimentary ticket program is provided to clients of non-profit organizations whose limited income or circumstances would preclude them from coming to concert performances. Performance events at local senior living communities, delivering holiday poinsettias to clients of Meals on Wheels, and partnering with homeowner associations through our Christmas in the park event.