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  • by Kathy Litinas  
    Join us as the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus presents our 2007-2008 tenth anniversary season with our subscrip¬tion series, as well as special programs designed to entertain, enlighten and involve you, our community. All concerts except December will be at the First United Methodist Church in Allen, 601 S. Greenville, Allen. The December concert will be at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, 1015 SH121, Allen.  
     
    In October of 1997 and April of 1998, the growing community of Allen was treated to orchestral performances by a group of musicians known as the North Texas Philharmonic. Originally a volunteer orchestra who passed the hat to offset the cartage and mileage expenses, this humble beginning has developed into the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus.  
     
    Today’s orchestra is comprised of area musicians, many who are band and orchestra directors of local school districts. Their musical talent and creative prowess enable today’s Allen Philharmonic to design concert programs that balance an exciting entertainment experience for our patrons while artistically challenging our musicians.  
     
    Our conductor, Richard Giangiulio, returns to the podium for his second season after a busy summer conducting the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) on their concert tour of China and as the Conductor of Orchestra at the Idyllwild Art Summer Camp.  
     
    Our regular subscription series  
     
    Autumn Overture: Saturday, October 6. Our season opens with an evening of music composed for dance. Program selections include Jose Pablo Moncayo’s "Huapango," Jean Sibelius’ "Valse Triste" and Ottorino Respighi’s "Ancient Airs and Dances." Chris Xeros will return to guest conduct Aaron Copland’s "Rodeo, Four Dance Episodes." Rimsky-Korsakov’s festive "Capriccio Espagnol" will complete the evening.  
     
    Do You Hear What I Hear…: Friday, December 14. This performance of memorable holiday favorites features the Allen Symphony Chorus and the Allen District Honor Choir, an auditioned chorus com¬prised of fifth and sixth grade students, under the direction of Cynthia Nott, Artistic Director of the Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas. Gustav Holst’s "Christmas Day, Jingle Bell" Swing and a narration of "T’was the Night Before Christmas," are just a few of the fun, family treats planned for this concert. We encourage our guests to share the holiday spirit by bringing a new, un¬¬wrapped toy to this concert as we will be collecting for Allen Community Outreach’s Toys for Our Tots Campaign.  
     
    Prelude to Spring: Saturday, March 8. This concert features a pre-concert perform¬ance of the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. The Allen Symphony Chorus, Collin County Chorale & Collin College Chamber Singers will perform Francis Poulenc’s "Gloria." Additional programming includes the bustle & joy of George Gershwin’s "An American in Paris," and each movement of Tchaikovsky’s "Fourth Symphony" will take the audience from gloom to life-affirming energy as we look forward to the awakening of spring.  
     
    Gallery for Sight & Sound: Saturday, April 19. Guest artist Maria Schleuning, violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will perform Beethoven’s "Romance in F." The evening will include Berlioz’s "Roman Carnival" and Pablo de Sarasate’s "Carmen Fantasie." The finale will be Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition" that will include a virtual gallery tour of the works of the International Baccalaureate Art Students from Allen High School projected onscreen while the orchestra is performing.  
     
    Visit our website at www.allenphilharmonic.org or call our office at 972-359-0656 for additional information, program notes on all concert programming and ticket purchases. We invite you to be part of our tenth anniversary celebration and experience the exciting music and events planned for you this season. You won’t want to miss a beat!!!

     
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