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Allegro opens with ‘Britannia’

Thu., Sept. 17, 2009

Allegro, Baroque & Beyond opens its 24th season Friday with “Rule Britannia,” a program of 19th century British ballads.

The concert will feature works by Liza Lehmann, including several of her settings of verse for young people, along with pieces by her friend, Clara Schumann, and Schumann’s husband Robert.

Soprano Diane Reich, a Brigham Young University faculty member, will join baritone Steven Mortier from Eastern Washington University.

Allegro’s Yi-chun Chen will provide piano accompaniment on a rare replica of a 1915 Henry Z. Steinway grand. David Dutton will be featured on oboe and he and Hannah Chapman-Dutton will narrate.

It’s the first in Allegro’s “Tour of the Musical Capitals of Europe” concerts, to be followed by “La France” in January and “Viva L’Italia” in April.

A pre-concert talk on Lehmann and her family begins at 7:15 p.m.

A specially priced ticket for a family of four is available for $30, and Allegro also is offering reduced-price “rush” tickets at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Concertgoers who park at the nearby Davenport Hotel garage will have their parking fee refunded at the door.

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