The 2017 Allegro!!! String performing ensemble enjoyed a remarkable and memorable tour to San Juan Puerto Rico in March of 2017. When Mr. Kreitman visited San Juan for their annual Suzuki Workshop last January, Marta Hernandez, the director of the Suzuki Program at the San Juan Conservatory of Music invited Allegro!!! to come to San Juan to present a concert at the new Conservatory Theatre.
The students have worked hard all year preparing their program and performing many, many gigs all across Chicago during the holidays to earn money to offset the cost of their trip.
Our tour began with a bang. When we arrived in San Juan, there was a very typical Puerto Rican Parade happening to welcome home the Puerto Rican Baseball team. This involved everyone stopping their cars in the middle of the highway and the players coming off of their bus to shake hands and be congratulated by their fans.
Allegro at the rain forest
The next morning, the group had a tour of El Yunque, one of the world's most amazing rain forests. That evening, we performed in the show lounge in the lobby of the Marriott Condado Resort for a gracious audience of hotel guests and workers.
The Marriott Hotel Show lounge
On Saturday, March 25th, we spent the day rehearsing and performed for over 400 people at the Conservatory of Music. We raised over 4,000.00 for a new scholarship for a the Masters of Music degree at the Conservatory. It was such a pleasure to perform in such beautiful new auditorium with gorgeous acoustics and all the lighting and sound needs of the group. After the concert we all dined together at a very special Puerto Rican Restaurant La Casina Miramar.
Last minute instructions on the stage
Performing at the Conservatory
On Sunday morning, we were scheduled to perform for the 11:00 am Mass at the Cathedral de Juan Baptista in Old San Juan, the walled city. This is the second oldest Cathedral in all of the Americas. We were delighted to find out that there was a special guest that day. The Arch Bishop was visiting and serving the mass that we were playing for, so the church was overflowing with parishioners.
As you can see from the smiling faces in these photos, there were a lot of fun times together for the group. In addition to the wonderful bonding within our group, the children have made new friends with the Suzuki students from San Juan. We hope to continue our relationship with them into the future.
Many new Suzuki friends were made
We are excited now to play our spring show for our home audience next weekend at the Avery Coonley School Fine Arts Center. Be sure to get your tickets soon....performances will be sold out by show time!