Allegretto Music

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From ceremony to reception, Allegretto Music offers World Class service.  Allegretto Music is the undisputed leader among couples in San Antonio.  Our company has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings pick two years in a row.  Allegretto was voted best in two categories: ceremony and reception music, receiving the highest possible rating of 3 stars, designating that our company goes ‘above and beyond’ when serving our clients.  Many of our weddings have been featured in TV programs, wedding magazines and publications at a national level.  Take a look at what our clients say about Allegretto Music.

about us

With over 12 years of service to the San Antonio area, and after more than one thousand weddings, you can hire Allegretto Music with the confidence that you will receive the highest level of musicianship and service.

- you don’t have to take our word for it

Allegretto Music works with a hand-selected, exclusive group of musicians.  Our artists are highly experienced, and of professional caliber.  Many of our classical musicians are current or former members of the San Antonio Symphony, while others play with orchestras in the Hill Country and other areas of South Texas.  Our Jazz and Groove City musicians are degreed professionals from many different backgrounds, whose credits include everything: recordings, awards, touring, competitions and regular performances on national TV shows.

Our musicians have performed on stage with a host of musical superstars to include:  Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Luis Miguel, Pink Martini, David Sanborn, Four Tops, Itzakh Perlman, Harry Connick Jr., Shirley Horn, Pinchas Zukermann, Tito Puente Jr. and many more.

- talented, professional musicians

Quiet and unassuming, Jose is not one to brag about his enormous talent and extensive preparation.  Some people excel at reading music, but precious few have the ability to create it.

On April 16 & 17, 2010 the San Antonio Symphony premiered four musical pieces written by Jose Irizarry during their 2010 Fiesta Pops Concerts at the Majestic Theatre.  “It is really great to finally write for my local orchestra, where I have performed so many times,” said Jose, who has a Master's Degree in violin performance, and often plays with the San Antonio Symphony, “and it has been a great honor to work with Juan Ortiz and his legendary Mariachi Campanas de América.”

In 2011 the San Antonio Symphony commissioned seven new orchestrations for the 2011 Fiesta Pops Concerts. The concerts featured performances by Mariachi Campanas De América, the Guadalupe Theatre Dance Company, acclaimed trio Los Tres Reyes and local country singer Rick Cavender.

In December of 2010, some of Jose’s orchestrations were featured as part of a concert produced by composer Tim Janis, in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

In 2012 The Order Of The Alamo commissioned four new orchestrations for their Coronation ceremony at the Majestic Theatre.

- our musical director, Jose Luis Irizarry

Ivette is a graduate of the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Strings Program.  She has been playing harp for 20 years, and has studied with Maria Rosa Vidal and Susan McDonald.  Locally, Ivette has performed with the Symphony Of The Hills.

Ivette is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico.  After pursuing graduate studies at Stanford University in California, she accepted a position as Associate Director of Marketing with SBC Communications (now AT&T).  Ivette left SBC in 2003 to manage Allegretto Music full time.

Recently, in addition to her work with Allegretto, Ivette has performed on local TV programs, community and charity events for the SA Spurs Foundation.  She has been interviewed numerous times for wedding magazine articles about wedding music planning.

- Allegretto business manager, Ivette Irizarry

Jose plays with the SA Symphony.  Photo courtesy of the Beeville Bee Picayune.

Jose has performed with many internationally recognized artists.  His first paying job was at the age of 15, playing on tour with Jose Feliciano.  While in New York, Jose was selected to be the concertmaster for the orchestra that would accompany salsa legend, Gilberto Santa Rosa, for his concert at Carnegie Hall.  The orchestra included top New York violinists, including today’s jazz violin sensation Regina Carter.  The concert at Carnegie Hall was recorded live and made into an album.  Jose has also performed with Luis Miguel, Johnny Mathis, Luciano Pavarotti, jazz flutist David Valentin, Rocío Durcal, Arturo Sandoval, Giovanni Hidalgo, Alicia De Larrocha, Joshua Bell, among many others.  He recently was invited to KRTU’s The Jazz Protagonists radio show to commemorate the 100th birthday of jazz violin legend Stephane Grappeli.

In 2002, he released his first solo album: Blessings, a compilation of traditional hymns with fresh new arrangements that incorporate different elements of world music, including Jazz, Afro-Latin rhythms, Irish, Gospel and Spirituals.

In 2000 Jose established Davidi Music Publishing, as an outlet for his sheet music arrangements for string instruments.  Today, some of Jose’s publications are sold internationally through the number one retailer of music and fine string instruments Shar Music.  You will find that most string ensembles across the US and locally play music arranged and published through Davidi Music.  The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra utilizes Jose’s publications for their community outreach chamber ensemble concerts in their Hispanic Roots program.

Beyond performing, Jose is involved arranging and producing music for up and coming artists.  In 2009, Jose produced the song “Por Ti” for San Antonio Latin Pop rising star, Erica Gonzaba.  In June of 2009, Jose arranged and wrote orchestrations for the first Symphony Pops concert of San Antonio star, Donald Braswell.  Braswell is an operatic tenor, who rose to stardom on the hit TV Show America’s Got Talent, where he placed as the 4th finalist.

Recently Jose dedicates his time to serve the Lord at his church as orchestra's  director and developing the middle school students praise band.

Jose graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.  He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied with  David Nadien (who was concertmaster for the NY Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein).

Early on in his career, Jose was a member of different orchestras.  He was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Assistant Concertmaster for the Napa Valley Symphony, and member of the Sacramento Philharmonic.  Jose was also a member of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made recordings.  In San Antonio, Jose has devoted himself to the area of entertainment production, founding Allegretto Music, Zion Jazz, Groove City Band and Davidi Music Publishing.  When available, Jose enjoys performing locally with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.