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All-female orchestra launches to empower women through music

The Allegra Chamber Orchestra's inaugural concert takes place this Sunday, June 26th, 4:00pm at St. Philip's Anglican Church, Dunbar (3737 W. 27th Ave.).

Allegra Chamber Orchestra
Photo courtesy Allegra Chamber Orchestra's website.

Announcing the launch of the Allegra Chamber Orchestra. As one of the only all-female orchestras in the world, Allegra Chamber Orchestra's mandate is to empower women and their communities through music.

The ACO's inaugural concert takes place this Sunday, June 26th, 4:00pm at St. Philip's Anglican Church, Dunbar (3737 W. 27th Ave.). This first concert will feature Jennifer Butler's haunting And Birds Do Sing, selected Handel arias starring Vancouver Opera soprano Melanie Krueger, and Beethoven's monumental Eroica Symphony.

The afternoon concert will be hosted by CBC radio host Sheryl Mackay, and featured on her weekend morning show North by Northwest. Presented in partnership with Music Heals, all profits go towards supporting music therapy programs in women’s resource centres around BC.

Music Heals is proud to support ACO on their launch, and partner them and Artistic Director, Janna Sailor, on upcoming events.

Throughout each season, the orchestra will champion the works of female composers alongside the mainstream classical repertoire, and feature women and those who identify as women as soloists and orchestra members. 

Allegra maintains a professional core of musicians, while mentoring emerging female musicians in the art of orchestral playing. 

 Tickets are available at

About Music Heals

The Music Heals Charitable Foundation raises awareness of the healing powers of music and fundraises for music therapy and related services across Canada.

Their mission is to increase patient access to music therapy in children’s hospitals, seniors’ homes, palliative care facilities, burn units, across the autism spectrum, bereavement support, at-risk youth programs and more. Music Heals has donated almost a half-million dollars to music therapy programs in Canada in their first three years in operation.


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