To provide an enriched musical experience by performing traditional chamber music repertoires with unique musical arrangements, as well as seldom heard and contemporary works, free of charge to the public.
To nurture a lifelong appreciation of chamber music through citywide outreach to unite Montreal's finest chamber musicians with a vibrant, diverse, and multi-generational audience.
Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg
Allegra Chamber music was founded in 1980 by artistic director and pianist Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg as a grassroots, non-profit organization. The philosophy that music fulfills a basic need in all remains at the heart of Allegra's mission to make great chamber music accessible to all Montrealers. For musicians, there is nothing better than offering the music they love because, ultimately, sharing is what chamber music is all about.
Dorothy is passionate about introducing chamber music to children, and is committed to nurturing the audience of the future. In 2008, she created Bach Before Bedtime (BBB), a magical experience that introduces children to chamber music, giving them access to outstanding musicians and performances through creative, interactive programming.
Simon’s love of chamber music stems from that line of communication drawn between every musician and each member of the audience, a unique and wonderful quality that chamber music possesses more than any other genre of classical music. Composers wrote some of their best chamber music for friends.
Indeed, chamber music is often referred to as “the music of friends” and for Simon, convincing chamber performances are like musical conversations between friends, where ideas flow freely back and forth in a place where imaginations meet. If, for the Allegra audience, a compelling chamber performance is like listening in on an intimate conversation or song, there is no greater joy on the part of the musician than being a part of that communion.
LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Artistic Director: Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg
Artistic Advisor: Simon Aldrich
Administration: Andrea Loach
Board of Directors: Stephanie Riddell - Chairperson, Rona Davis, Kata Endrodi, Morris Goodman, George Hendy, Donna Muller, Judie Jokinen, Samira Sakhia, Caitlin Wetherly, Sally Yaffe
Advisory Committee: Anna Birnie-Lefcovitch, Nicole Baillargeon, Naomi Bissell, Sara Colby, Trudy Cusmariu-Ain, Jonathan Goodman, Christopher Pickwoad, Olaf Skorzewski, Samantha Welscheid
Photography by Riccardo Cellere