Coro Allegro: Highlights from 25 Years

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1991

  • David Cutler founds Ars Nova, a classical chorus for gays, lesbians, and their friends.
    • Thomas Kim, Conductor
    • Karen Harvey, Accompanist

1992

  • Ars Nova becomes Coro Allegro, Boston’s classical chorus for members & friends of the LGB community.
    • Jane Ring Frank, Conductor
  • September
    • David Hodgkins becomes Artistic Director.
  • November
    • First concert with Kristina Nilsson, concertmaster
    • First concert at the Church of the Covenant

1993

  • June
    • Coro Allegro sings at our first Boston Pride Interfaith Service.
  • September
    • Darryl Hollister becomes Accompanist.

1994

  • Boston premiere: Salmo 51 by Marianne Martines

1995

  • World premiere: In the Clearing by Kenneth Fuchs
    • Coro Allegro’s first commission

1996

  • May
    • World premiere: Daniel Pinkham, The White Raven
      • Commissioned by Coro Allegro
  • July
    • Coro Allegro attends GALA Chorus Festival V, Tampa
  • November
    • Boston premiere: Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum

1997

  • February
    • World premiere: Requiem by Ruth Lomon
  • March
    • VOICES of FREEDOM with NE GALA choruses
    • Coro Allegro’s first commercial CD In the Clearing is released.
  • December
    • First Night, Boston in Trinity Church

1998

  • March
    • Collaboration: Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
  • November
    • The Voice of the Tenth Muse by Patricia Van Ness
      • World premiere, commission, Artist in Residency

1999

  • And They Lynched Him on a Tree by William Grant Still
    • Boston premiere, with the New Haven Heritage Chorale

2000

  • July
    • GALA Choruses Festival VI in San Jose, CA
  • October
    • Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Symphony Hall
      • Christopher Hogwood conducts Handel & Haydn, Coro Allegro, and Boston Cecilia.

2001

  • Coro Allegro affirms Transgender inclusion (LGBT).
  • May
    • World premiere: Casey: Play Ball! by Robert Kapilow
      • Boston Celebrity Series, with Boston Musica Viva in the Cyclorama

2001-2002 Season

  • Coro Allegro celebrates our 10th Anniversary.

2002

  • Spring
    • Commercial CD release: somewhere i have never traveled
  • November
    • Boston premiere: James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados

2003

  • March
    • Collaboration: Coro Allegro & Boston Cecilia
      • Donald Teeters conducting Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Jordan Hall
  • April
    • Collaboration: Boston Landmarks Ensemble
  • May
    • World premiere: Infinite Fraternity by Charles Fussell
      • Commissioned by Coro Allegro
  • November
    • American premiere of 3 songs by Rebecca Clarke

2004

  • February
    • MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados at Eastern ACDA
  • March
    • Collaboration: Coro Allegro & Boston Cecilia
      • David Hodgkins conducting 20th-century masters, Jordan Hall
  • May
    • Collaboration: Horace Clarence Boyer, Boston City Singers
  • July
    • GALA Festival VII in Montreal
  • October
    • World premiere: Requiem by Patricia Van Ness
      • Commissioned by Coro Allegro

2006

  • May
    • World Premiere: Joseph Fear, St. Francis Prayer for Peace
    • World Premiere: Joseph Marcello, Three spirituals
  • November
    • World premiere: Shofar by Robert Stern
  • December
    • A Tribute to Congressman Gerry E. Studds

2008

  • February
    • Coro Allegro establishes the Daniel Pinkham Award.
    • First Pinkham Award recipient: Sanford Sylvan
  • July
    • GALA Festival VIII in Miami

2009

  • 2nd Daniel Pinkham Award to Bishop Gene Robinson

2010

  • 3rd Daniel Pinkham Award to Fenwick Smith

2011

  • March
    • 4th Daniel Pinkham Award to Patricia Van Ness
  • May
    • World premiere: The Son of Man! by Kareem Roustom
      • Collaboration with United Parish Chancel Choir, Susan DeSelms, Director

2012

  • March
    • 5th Daniel Pinkham Award to Donald Teeters
  • May
    • Coro Allegro wins the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award
  • July
    • GALA IX Festival in Denver
    • Coro Allegro’s first two albums on the Navona label are released:
      • In Paradisum, Requiem and Voice of the Tenth Muse by Patricia Van Ness;
      • Awakenings: Why I Wake Early by Ronald Perera; Shofar by Robert Stern.

2013

  • March
    • Coro Allegro in Veterans for Peace St. Patrick’s Peace Parade
  • April
    • Boston premiere: Last Letter Home by Lee Hoiby
    • Coro Allegro & area choruses: “A Song for Peace,” Trinity Church
      • After the Boston Marathon bombings
  • June
    • Coro celebrates 20 Years with David Hodgkins.
    • World Premiere: The Orchard: Songs of Fruit and Love by Greg Bullen
    • Presentation of the 6th Daniel Pinkham Award to David Hodgkins

2014

  • June
    • Collaboration: La Donna Musicale and RUMBARROCO
    • Presentation of the 7th Daniel Pinkham Award to Laury Gutiérrez
  • July
    • Whitbourn’s Annelies with Chorus Pro Musica, Massachusetts ACDA
  • November
    • Songs for a Waxing Moon by Alexander deVaron
      • World premiere at Jordon Hall
    • 8th Daniel Pinkham Award to Lorna Cooke deVaron

2015

  • June
    • Te Deum by Arvo Pärt at Chorus America Conference
  • October
    • Terezin Music Festival GALA in Boston Symphony Hall
      • 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Nazi Camps
      • World premiere: Pablo Ortiz, Leaving Limerick, text by Richard Blanco
        • Commissioned for Coro Allegro by the Terezin Music Foundation
  • November
    • A Concert for Marriage Equality

2016

  • March
    • World premiere: Howard Frazin’s The Voice of Isaac
      • Expanded version, with Boston City Singers & Toronto Children’s Chorus
  • May
    • Aluta Continua: The passion of David Kato Kisule by Eric Banks
      • World premiere/commissioned by Coro Allegro tenor Tom Regan;
    • Benefit for LGBTI refugees in Kenya w/Spectrum Uganda/Refuge Point
    • Presentation of the 9th Daniel Pinkham Award to Janson Wu
  • July
    • GALA X Festival in Denver

2017

  • November
    • Kristina Nilsson, concertmaster, solo performance
      • In recognition of 25 years of contributions by orchestral musicians
  • December
    • World AIDS Day Service Church of the Covenant
      • Benefit performance of the Fauré Requiem for the Boston Living Center
  • March
    • 10th Daniel Pinkham Award to Catherine Peterson
    • Caprice for Piano & Orchestra by Fred Onovwerosuoke
      • World premiere commissioned in honor of Darryl Hollister
  • May
    • Alleluia! A Celebration of 25 Years
    • World premiere commissions: To be nobody by Peter Eldridge; Psalm 116 (Alleluia) by Patricia Van Ness.