Allegra Chamber Music

For 37 years, Allegra has remained the only chamber music organization in Montreal that performs an annual series of 6 concerts free of charge to the public.

Dorothy Fieldman Fraiber, Piano
Simon Aldrich, clarinet
Alexander Lozowski, violin
Pierre Tourville, viola
Sheila Hannigan, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Trio in C minor, op. 9 no. 3
Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952)
Nuit calme for cello and piano
John Ireland (1879-1962)
Threnody (arranged for clarinet, violin, viola and cello by Simon Aldrich)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Five Pieces for Piano Quartet (arranged for clarinet and piano trio by Simon Aldrich)

It all started with a philosophy: people need music. That’s all people – young, old, those who can’t afford $200 opera tickets. More specifically, people need chamber music – that most intimate and reflective form of music-making.

Thus the Allegra Chamber Music series was born – and the rest is history. Six times a year for the past 37 years Montreal’s finest musicians have come together to play the chamber music they love best. And we get to hear it for free.

“Allegra’s concerts have always been of the highest standard – our musicians are the principal players of the Orchestre Metropolitain and the MSO. We are still entirely non-government-funded, and our concerts are still entirely free.” – Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, the group’s pianist and founder

To hear chamber music is to be offered a glimpse into the real joy of music making. “Once the public experiences the intimacy of chamber music and sees how special it is – sees the bond that is created not only between the musicians, but between musicians and audience – they realize it’s something very special, and they feel like a part of it.”

“It’s a real privilege,” she says, “because for musicians there is nothing better than offering an audience the music they love. We lend our ears, Allegra lends its passion. Because ultimately, sharing is what chamber music is all about.”

For more information visit:

Thursday, March 14 2019, 8pm

Tanna Schulich Hall – McGill University
527 Sherbrooke Street West