Allegria (ital.) means a merriment and enjoyment, and indeed it was the pleasure of playing together that led a group of young musicians to launch this chamber orchestra in 2007.
Since its beginning, the orchestra has been managed independently by its own members, and under the leadership of concertmaster and artistic director Maria Angelika Carlsen they have become an enthusing and reputable addition to the Norwegian music society.
In addition to its own concerts, Ensemble Allegria has performed at a number of festivals, among them, Bergen International Festival, Hardanger Music Festival, and the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. They have collaborated with internationally known soloists, such as Tine Thing Helseth, Truls Mørk, Martin Fröst, and Lawrence Power, and the last couple of years have included several concerts and recordings together with the Norwegian Soloists' Choir.
In the autumn of 2012, Ensemble Allegria received the Statoil Talent Award for classical music, and in 2015 two of the ensemble's recordings were nominated for the Spellemann Awards (Norwegian Grammys). In 2017 Ensemble Allegria was chosen to participate in the new ArtEx (Programme of Excellence in Performing Arts and Film) created by Talent Norway.
Sandefjord Church, 18:00
Sandefjord Church, 15:00
Sandar Church, 19:00
Sandefjord Church, 22:00