Allegro Show Goes Virtual!
This Saturday at 7:00 PM, the Allegro Council, led by Co-Presidents Nolan Lee ’21 and Katelyn Ge ’21, will be hosting its annual Fall Allegro Show, which will serve as the second Allegro-sponsored music event of the year following last week’s Midday Music performances. The performance will be live-streamed over Zoom so that participants and observers can attend from any location.
This year’s musical performancs have adapted to social distancing requirements by shifting online. Rather than having a live concert in one of Clark Music Center’s recital halls, each performance will either be prerecorded or performed live over Zoom, with Allegro Council members Kate Dillard ’22 and Ryan Kanungo ’22 acting as live emcees to introduce each performer. The show will feature a set of student performances, including Jessica Li ’23 performing Kodaline’s “All I Want,” Alistair Lam ’23 performing Franz Schubert’s “An die Musik,” and Grant Shueh ’23 performing an original composition titled “In the Dark.”
The performers have had to adapt to changes in performance and preparation. Regarding the new format, Shueh said, “The experience of performing live is definitely more special, but there is something nice about not having the possibility of messing up.”
Lam agreed, saying that “The virtual option gives you more takes, [which] helps perfect your performance.”
With the Clark Music Center’s being closed this term, performers have also faced additional difficulties in preparing for the show. “As a boarder, sometimes I’m afraid to disturb my neighbors since the rooms are not soundproof, so it’s really hard to record clearly,” Li commented. However, she also added, “I’m extremely excited to perform because it’s been so long since I’ve had the chance to share my music with the Lawrenceville community, and I really appreciate that students get the opportunity to share their talent [even with] Covid-19.”
Despite these difficulties, Lee said that the Allegro Council has “been adjusting quite well because...it’s easier to reach out and make things happen [online].”
Ge agreed, saying, “[Concerts] become more accessible…It’s usually a long way to Clark Music Center, but now people can just log in from their rooms and appreciate the music. The virtual format will also allow us to pave new paths for future Allegro shows by incorporating students who are both on campus and off campus.”
Overall, Ge is looking forward to involving more student performers on campus through Allegro events. “We really think it’s important to get the chance to celebrate the musical achievements of our community through our shows, so we’re excited to bring them back,” she said.
Lee is also looking to implement a hybrid model, which would allow “performers [to] perform in person while people can watch through Zoom. This would help especially if the audience is large, or if many students are off-campus.”
According to Lee, “The Allegro Council is holding Allegro Shows and Midday Music performances throughout the Winter Term virtually, but will gear towards having a hybrid model again” in the Spring Term. Lee hopes to return to in-person events whenever possible, as he believes the virtual format “takes away from that intimate aspect that…the community really needs, especially during this time.”