Cherry Street Music

Allison Eldredge is the newest Allen Center Artist-in-Residence and Founder of Cherry Street Music.

Cherry Street Music is a chamber ensemble with a simple mission: to create a space to meet new people, develop friendships, and find togetherness, passion and hope through evenings of music. Our "classical with a twist" concerts are less formal with conversation between artists, special guests, and audience members. Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience the visionary educational history and beauty of the 1840 Nathaniel Allen Homestead, now The Allen Center, as our artistic home!

We have 2 concert series this year: Classical with a Twist, and Americana.

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Our next concert is on April 14th, 2024!

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Upcoming Performance

Sunday, April 14th, 3:00 PM

Cherry Street Music presents: "Classical with a Twist": Beethoven & The Beatles, Part II!

Following up from Part I in January, this program further explores the connection between the Fab Four and one of the all-time great composers. Featuring CSM's Artistic Director and cellist Allison Eldredge, as well as pianist and CSM regular Max Levinson! Joining Eldredge on cello and Levinson at the piano will be guitarist Andres Guerra, and vocalist Donna McElroy.

The “classics” on the program are two pieces for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. Allison Eldredge and Max Levinson will perform both 12 Variations for Cello and Piano on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Händel's Judas Maccabaeus, and Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69. The “twist” features arrangements of the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Lady Godiva,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Penny Lane,” Michelle,” as well as “Got to Get You into My Life,” and “Ticket to Ride", with Andres Guerra and Donna McElroy.

The concert will run approximately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission with refreshments.

Meet The Artists





Donna McElroy, mezzo-soprano



Award-winning vocalist Donna McElroy is a performer, vocalist and arranger. She arranged and sang on gold and platinum releases by Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, BeBe and CeCe Winans, and many others. She received a Grammy nomination for her own pop-gospel album, Bigger World, and won a Dove Award for her contribution to the inspirational compilation album, Songs from the Loft. She has appeared on The Tonight Show and the Grammy Awards, and taught at Berklee College of Music for 24 years.




Max Levinson, piano

Recipient of the Andrew Wolf Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and first prize in the 1997 Dublin International Piano Competition, Newton resident Max Levinson has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber and Boston Pops orchestras, as well as the St. Louis, Detroit, San Francisco, Baltimore, Oregon, Indianapolis, Colorado, and Utah symphony orchestras. He has performed in chamber music concerts with Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Stoltzman, Tokyo, Vermeer, Mendelssohn, and Borromeo Quartets and has appeared at major music festivals, including the Santa Fe, Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart.  Levinson is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and The New England Conservatory of Music.

Andres Guerra, guitar

Venezuelan composer, arranger and not-so-classical guitarist Andres Guerra is a New York City-based concert artist who aims to break down the stigmas of classical music and bring his milti-faceted musical and artistic influences forth to shed a new light on the classical guitar. He has shared the stage and collaborated with a wide variety of artists, some of the caliber of Grammy-winning Carlos Vives, Erika Ender (songwriter of “Despacito”), 8th Blackbird, Aida Cuevas, Berta Rojas, Paquito d’Rivera and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He blends the rich tradition of the classical guitar repertoire and technique with improvisation, offering a wide variety of musical styles in his solo performances such as Jazz, contemporary classical and even pop. He graduated with a summa cum laude, dual-major Bachelor’s Degree in Film Scoring and Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied with the world-renowned concert artist Berta Rojas. Andres plays a custom-made, 2021 Zebulon Turrentine guitar.

Allison-Yoshie Eldredge, Artistic Director

Cellist Allison Eldredge, a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year”, has enjoyed performing nationally and internationally, from London to Moscow to China to Berlin. She has been called “a cellist afraid of nothing” (Chicago Times) with “virtuosity wholly at the service of the music” (American Fanfare – American Record Guide). She gained international attention when Daniel Barenboim invited her to give the first performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, which he conducted years after the death of his wife, the celebrated cellist Jacqueline Du Pre.

Allison has appeared as cello soloist with 30 major American orchestras and innumerable major international orchestras. She has been invited by the premiere Music Directors of the world from Scotland to Italy to Canada to the Netherlands and the United States receiving critical acclaim such that “She belongs to “the crème de la crème” of cello talents”  (Het Noord Hollands Dagblad Amsterdam).

Allison has loved teaching the next generation for the past 30 years. She has taught cellists at New England Conservatory since 2000 and at Harvard University from 2008-2011. Allison also maintains a private teaching studio in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has given masterclasses at numerous universities and schools and has visited more than 100 schools in support of music education in communities with greater needs. She teaches chamber music at Young Talent Chamber Music, a two-week Pro-Am intensive summer camp in Connecticut, where she has been Artistic Director since 2014.

Her cello teachers have included Harvey Shapiro, Yo-Yo Ma, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Joan Lunde, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ardyth Alton and Channing Robbins. Allison studied at the Pre-College and College of The Juilliard School.

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