musician who attended the Hartt School of Music,
the University of Hartford, and the University of Michigan. Although he can play the clarinet,
flute and saxophone, his specialty is the contrabassoon.
whom he has worked include the California Philharmonic Orchestra, the
Glendale Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Music Center Opera, Opera
Pacific, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, and Southwest Chamber
September 2007, the Pacific Symphony interpreted Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2”
and “Piano in D for the Left Hand”, with Marc-Andre Hamelin at
Philharmonic presented a mostly cinematic affair at the Los Angeles County
Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in August 2009. Allen shone as saxophone soloist on “As
Time Goes By” from Casablanca.
October 2009, he and bassist Ken Wild, percussionist Timm
Boatman and pianist Alan Steinberger appeared at the First Baptist Church of
Glendale. Their program, “Expect
the Unexpected: A Bassoon &
Contrabassoon Recital”, featured works from his Standing on Chairs CD.
Ballet Theatre and Pacific Symphony teamed up for a production of Adolphe Adam’s Giselle in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing
in November 2009.
September 2011, Allen and Alan reunited for a bassoon recital at the First
Baptist Church of Glendale.
Their recital included the “Bouree Anglaise” and “Sarabande”
from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Partita in A minor, BWV 1013”,
William Bolcom’s “Graceful Ghost”,
“Sonatine”, and Gernot
Wolfgang’s “Uncle Bebop”.
Chorale and Symphony gave John Alexander’s 40th Anniversary
Gala Concert at the Segerstrom Center
for the Arts on 6th November 2011. The celebration included John’s
own “Musica”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s
Dank und Ehre” from Christ on the Mount of Olives, Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalslied, Op. 54”, Anton Bruckner’s “Psalm
150 in C, WAB 38”, Gerald Finzi’s “For
St. Cecilia, Op. 30”, Jake Heggie’s “Seeking
Higher Ground: Bruce
Springsteen Rocks New Orleans, April 30, 2006” and Mortin Lauridsen’s “Ubi Caritas et Amor”.
2011, the Pacific Symphony offered up a double-header of Gustav
Mahler. “Ruckert-Lieder” were performed by baritone Christopheren Nomura and pianist Hye-Young
Kim. The evening was capped off
by the master’s “Symphony No. 9 in D major”.
Frederic Chopin’s “Concerto No. 2 in F minor for Piano and
Orchestra, Op. 21” with pianist Dejan Lazic, Osvaldo Golijov’s “Sidereus”
and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony
No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64” in January 2012.
In the spring
of 2012, they rejoined the American Ballet Theatre in Segerstrom
Hall for “Duets” by John Cage and Merce
Cunningham, “Firebird” by Alexei Ratmansky
and Igor Stravinsky, and “Thirteen Diversions” by Benjamin
Britten and Christopher Wheeldon.
Maxim Eshkenazy was their conductor in May 2012 when they unveiled
“Cirque de la Symphonie”, a robust
affair that opened with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common
Man” and closed with George Bizet’s “Les Toreadors”
which Allen appears include his own Contra
Diction, Savoir Faire and Standing on Chairs, Farkle and Friends by John Lithgow, Highway Rider by Brad Mehldau, Serenada Schizophrana by Danny Elfman,
and Sons of Noah by Stephen Hartke.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of The
Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Bridge to Terabithia,
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,
Dark Water, Domestic Disturbance, Hidalgo,
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
John Carter, The Last Airbender, Miracle, Peter Pan, Robots, The Skeleton Key, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Uninvited, and War of the Worlds.
In the field
of music education, he has served on the faculties of Augusta
College and St. Cloud State