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!

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Upcoming Performance

Classical with a Twist“Dreamscapes” 
January 29, 2022, 3PM

Featuring music by Chopin, Brahms, and Elton John!

Join The Allen Center in celebrating its newest Artist in Residence, Allison-Yoshie Eldredge and the Cherry Street Players with a night of music, history, and community. Arrive at 3:00pm to enjoy a pre-concert recital and refreshments before the Cherry Street Players begin.


Meet Our Artists


Max Levinson, piano

Max Levinson has been on the faculty of the Conservatory since 2001. He is a professor of piano and teaches piano, chamber music, piano literature, and the Piano Performance Seminar.

As a pianist, Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. His international career was launched when he won first prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition (1997), becoming the first American to achieve this distinction. Levinson is also a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1999) and the Andrew Wolf Award (2005). He has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Boston Pops, San Antonio Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as well as in recital at New York’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., London’s Wigmore Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Jordan Hall in Boston, and throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

An active chamber musician, Levinson has performed with the Tokyo, Vermeer, Mendelssohn, Borromeo, Parker, and Muir quartets, and he appears at major music festivals, including Santa Fe, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Bravo/Vail, La Jolla, Seattle, and Cartagena. His recordings have earned wide acclaim, including his most recent recording with violinist Stefan Jackiw of the Brahms's Three Sonatas (Sony). Levinson is frequently invited to serve on competition juries, including the Dublin International Piano Competition jury (2015), and he has given master classes throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan.

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. www.allisoneldredge.instantencore.com

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