Cherry Street Players

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

The Cherry Street Players are 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!

Upcoming Performance

Cherry Street Players' inaugural performance
October 7, 2022
7PM Pre-Concert Recital & Refreshments
8PM Cherry Street Players
The Allen Center, 35 Webster St.
General Admission: $30, Student: $10

Join The Allen Center in celebrating its newest Artist in Residence, Allison-Yoshie Eldredge and the first performance of Cherry Street Players with a night of music, history, and community. Arrive at 7:00pm to enjoy a pre-concert recital, refreshments, and historic Allen Center tours before the Cherry Street Players begin.


7PM Pre-Concert Program

Allison-Yoshie Eldredge, cello
Thomas Pandolfi, piano

At The Fountain                                                                                                                   Karl Davidov

Vocalise                                                                                                                 Sergei Rachmaninoff

Shall We Dance                                                                          Rodgers-Hammerstein-Prutsman

I Could Have Danced All Night                                                               Lerner-Loewe-Prutsman

Refreshments (30’)


8PM Program

Emil Altschuler, violin
Allison-Yoshie Eldredge, cello
Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Trio no. 2 in C minor, Opus 66                                                                         Felix Mendelssohn
Allegro energico e con fuoco
Andante espressivo
Scherzo. Molto Allegro quasi Presto
Finale. Allegro appassionato

Cafe Music                      
                                                                                     Paul Schoenfield

Rubato, andante moderato

Libertango                                                                                                           Astor Piazzolla

La Muerte del Angel                                                                                           Astor Piazzolla


Artist Q&A (15’)

Meet Our Artists


Emil Altschuler, violin

Mr. Altschuler earned Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, and his Masters of Music from The Yale School of Music, studying under Erick Friedman. His technique and vigorous performances received energetic ovations in venues such as Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Helen Von Ammon’s Emerging Artist Series, The Aspen Music Festival, and Italy’s Castello di Galeazza. As a featured soloist, he has appeared with the Aspen Young Artist’s Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Binghamton University Chamber Orchestra, the Parkway Concert Orchestra, the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, and the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra.

Extensively involved in music education, he has served at New England Conservatory as Head of Strings for the Festival Youth Orchestra, chamber music coach at the School of Continuing Education and Preparatory School, and instructor at Northeastern University. He was also an instructor at Community Music Program at Tufts University as well as violin coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. In 2017, he served as artist faculty at InterHarmony. 

In 2019, he founded and launched the Altschuler Summer Music Institute (ASMI), a highly successful international festival with the Leopold Auer Legacy in residency, in Rimini, Italy. It welcomes amateurs, students and professionals alike, offering private lessons, masterclasses, chamber ensembles, and orchestra with world renowned faculty. Students perform masterpieces of the past as well as contemporary works in historic venues in the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions.

Allison Eldredge, cello

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.

Ms. Eldredge 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).

Ms. Eldredge 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. Ms. Eldredge 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. Ms. Eldredge studied at the Pre-College and College of The Juilliard School.

Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Thomas Pandolfi is one of the leading pianists of our time, hailed a “phenomenon.” He began his career while at The Juilliard School (BM & MM) where he caught the influential ear of Vladimir Horowitz, who would become his mentor, and legendary composer, Morton Gould. Since then he has been an audience favorite, selling out the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, London’s Cadogan Hall, and many others.

In addition to being recognized as one of the greatest interpreters of the Polish masters such as Chopin, Paderewski, and Godowsky, this versatile pianist has received accolades from everything from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying, “It’s the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.” His original and virtuosic transcriptions of popular works, such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, are one-of-kind, jaw-dropping, and dramatic encores that keep audiences of all ages returning to his performances again and again.Mr. Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist and will begin recording for Steinway Spirio later this year. Mr. Pandolfi’s performances have been broadcast by PBS, WETA (Washington, DC), WQXR (NYC), WRCJ (Detroit), DCN TV (China), The Sound (DC), and many others worldwide.

Born in Washington, DC into a musical family, Pandolfi began his studies with his father and continued on with principle teachers Sasha Gorodnitzki , Adele Marcus, Gyorgy Sandor. He holds a BM and MM from The Juilliard School. Maestro Pandolfi is available for recitals, concertos, and masterclasses.

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