PW4KIDS / PW4U

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Penn’s Woods Music Festival presents PW4Kids and PW4U, a series of free live music events designed to acquaint new listeners of all ages with the joy of classical music. Come meet festival orchestra musicians of the Allegría Ensemble in trio and duo combinations. The players will introduce their instruments and lead an interactive program of short pieces designed with new listeners in mind. Audience questions are happily answered.

 

These free concerts are supported by generous donors to the Penn's Woods Music Festival, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Music Performance Trust Fund.

May 10 - 10:00 a.m. and repeat at 10:30 a.m. - Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St., State College, PA [AGES 2-5 years] FREE
Live music and meet the instruments for pre-schoolers with the Allegría string trio of Sally Williams Minnich, violin; Debbie Trudeau, viola; and Jonathan Dexter, cello. 

May 17 - 10:00 a.m. - Centre County Library, 200 N. Allegheny St. , Bellefonte, PA [AGES 2-5 years] FREE
Live music and meet the instruments for pre-schoolers with the Allegría string trio of Sally Williams Minnich, violin; Debbie Trudeau, viola; and Jonathan Dexter, cello outdoors in the spring garden. (Rain location indoors at the library.) A make ’n’ take activity will follow the performance.

May 23 - 6:00 p.m. - Philipsburg Holt Library, 9 W. Pine St., Philipsburg, PA [FAMILIES AGES 5-11 years] FREE
Performed by Robyn Dixon Costa, oboe; Debbie Trudeau, violin; and Jonathan Dexter, cello. A craft activity will follow the performance.

June 15 - 11:00 a.m. - Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, PA [FAMILIES AGES 5-11 years] FREE
Music for children and families picking up the summer reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Performed by Mark Minnich, violin; Debbie Trudeau, violin; and Jonathan Dexter, cello.

June 15 - 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - Millbrook Marsh, 548 Puddintown Rd., State College, PA [AGES 2-5 years] FREE
Music on a theme of stories and nature will include interactive performances by the Allegría Ensemble: Robyn Dixon Costa, oboe; Debbie Trudeau, violin; Jonathan Dexter, cello. 

June 18 -  2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Palmer Museum of Art, Curtain Rd., Penn State's University Park campus [MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS - REGISTRATION REQUIRED] FREE 
Teaching artists Debbie Trudeau, violin, and Robyn Dixon Costa, oboe, will partner with visual artist Susan McCartney to explore the intersection of music and art in the galleries. An Ice Cream social on the patio will follow. Space is limited and registration is required at this link.

June 19 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Student Chamber Invitational Concert, 121 Music Building (Esber Rehearsal Hall), Allen Rd., Penn's State's University Park campus, [Open to the public] FREE
Enjoy the musical talent of advanced local middle and high school string players as they present a free chamber music concert. This concert will be the culmination of two days of intensive chamber music workshops under the guidance of Penn's Woods Music Festival musicians. Public is invited to celebrate these young people's achievements.
For more information, please contact Sally Williams Minnich.

 

Penn's Woods 4 U

May 19 - 2:00 p.m. - Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA [ADULT AGES] FREE
Performed by Debbie Trudeau, violin, and Jonathan Dexter, cello. Music by Gliere and Cohen will be used to illuminate the process of bringing a performance from page to stage. Q & A is encouraged. Refreshments will follow.

 

May 30 - 6:00 p.m. - Webster's Bookstore and Café [ADULT AGES] TICKET REQUIRED 
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.| Music at 7:00 p.m.

Menu:
Entrees choices:
· Vegan Shepherd's Pie w/ sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and lentils
· Salmon with Spicy Olive Tapenade
· Chicken Stuffed w/ Mushrooms, Provolone, and Marinara
· Kale Salad w/ cranberries & carrots w/ cranberry vinaigrette
· Roasted potatoes
· Cannellini Beans w/ fennel and mustard
· pie for dessert

Repertoire:

Twelve Waltzes for Solo Double Bass - Domenico Dragonetti (performing 3 waltzes, tbd)
Duet for Cello and Double Bass - Domenico Dragonetti
Fratres - Arvo Pärt
String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 "The Lark" - Franz Joseph Haydn

 

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About the Allegría Ensemble

Founded in 2006, our current group includes five musicians on violin, viola, cello, oboe, and English horn. We perform a wide variety of styles ranging from classical to pop. World premieres and new arrangements keep us fresh. We freelance in Central Pennsylvania as a quartet, trio, or duos. A highlight in 2015 was a full program for our string quartet with jazz pianist Billy Childs and his band.

We are enthusiastic teachers and enjoy sharing our love of music with new listeners. Our outreach programs explore the intersection of music with art, history, world culture, science, and math at venues including libraries, parks, museums, colleges, senior communities, coffee cafés, and distilleries to reach audiences of all ages.

Our members:

Sally Williams Minnich, violin, performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival, and the Williamsport Symphony. She is  half of the innovative Revamped Duo with her husband Mark. Sally is the Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program.  Sally composes and arranges music for the Allegría String Quartet.

Mark Minnich, violin, performs as concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and Penn's Woods Music Festival. He collaborates with Sally in their Revamped Duo projects that include live video and live concerts. Mark teaches at Grier School in Tyrone, PA.

Debbie Trudeau, violin and viola, performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and Penn's Woods Music Festival. She manages the Allegria Ensemble as liaison with clients, writing musical arrangements, and grants for future music projects. A trained teaching artist, she develops programs for new audiences and maintains a private lesson studio.

Jonathan Dexter, cello, also gigs with his UNBANNED rock group. He performs with Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival. Jon composes and performs film scores, runs a recording studio, teaches privately, and directs the Central PA Youth Chamber Orchestra. 

Robyn Dixon Costa, oboe and English horn, is a certified Alexander Technique instructor at the Philadelphia School for Alexander Technique. She performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival and the Columbus Symphony. She teaches at Penn State University Teaching Artist Initiative Program and the Classical Music Student Ambassador Program.