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Allegrettos to Perform Concert

02/15/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Allegrettos, a student a capella group at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), will perform a concert, "Back to Basics," on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorum in the MCLA Church Street Center.

Both concert events are free and open to the public.

The Allegrettos recently won the Lenox Caroling Festival. At Friday night's concert, they will be presented with their first place trophy by State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, and Richard Wise, chair of the Lenox Caroling Festival. The trophy will be on display in the MCLA President's Office for the remainder of the school year.

On Saturday, the Allegrettos will be joined by the Williams College Gospel Choir for what Allegrettos Co-Director Juwonni Cottle '13 said will be "a truly majestic and moving night of gospel music and performance."

According to Cottle, the group embraces the traditional gospel experience with their music.

"For two years, the Allegrettos have worked on getting the MCLA campus acclimated to the gospel genre," Cottle explained. "We're going to do our best to deliver a rocking concert that encapsulates the heart and soul of what gospel is about, which is to inspire."

According to MCLA Residence Director Emily Schiavoni, the group's advisor, the Allegrettos have worked incredibly hard to get to this point.

"This year, they truly came together as a group to achieve their goals," she said.

"Their growth has astonished me. They are so fearless and intentional in the way they want the club to grow and the direction they want it to take."

Schiavoni first heard the students sing in the lobby outside of her apartment in fall 2009. That semester they decided to form a caroling group and perform as a community service around the campus and for senior citizens living in North Adams.

After that experience, the students came to Schiavoni with the desire to become a campus-wide group. They held their first concert in spring 2010 and since then have performed at a number of venues, including for the WGBY series, "Together in Song: A Celebration of Choral Music in Western New England."

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu .