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Media Contact: Robert Rimm
Lyric Fest Presents
Humming and Strumming: Guitar Songs with Allen Krantz
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6 PM
at the Moorestown Community House, Moorestown, NJ
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM
at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Auditorium, Rittenhouse Square
PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 27, 2018
Lyric Fest presents the latest in its engaging happy-hour mini concerts, a winsome and fun program inspired by the guitar and the songs that it has accompanied through the years. Classical, folk, jazz and modern songs stand side by side in a program featuring Philadelphia’s premiere guitarist, Allen Krantz, joined by mezzo-sopranos Suzanne DuPlantis and Emily Drummond.
“We are so excited to have Allen Krantz back on our series,” said Lyric Fest’s cofounder Suzanne DuPlantis. “Allen has a wonderful eclecticism and enthusiasm for music that makes anything possible and everything fun! The program spans austere Elizabethan lutenists to steamy Brazilians, with some unusual stops along the way for Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn. And I’m delighted to premiere a new work by Allen called ‘One Art,’ a poignant setting of Elizabeth Bishop. The program also features a wonderful up-and-coming singer new to the Lyric Fest roster, Emily Drummond. Emily has a gorgeous voice and special way with song and language. You’re in for a treat!”
Allen Krantz—a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University—has received acclaim as a composer, solo guitarist and chamber musician. His performances throughout the United States have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, with his diverse programs often featuring original compositions.
Details on the concert season, featured artists, programs, media and more may be found at www.lyricfest.org.
Lyric Fest’s mission is to bring people together through the shared experience of song by offering to diverse audiences lively, theme-oriented voice recitals designed to engage, educate, stimulate dialogue and foster community. LF is committed to expanding the region’s interest in and knowledge of song as an important and relevant art form, and to access through affordable ticket prices. With a growing national reputation for excellence and innovation, LF receives critical acclaim and attention in a number of national publications such as Opera News.
Lyric Fest’s recording, “Daron Hagen: 21st-Century Song Cycles,” has recently been released by Naxos and additional recordings are forthcoming.
Lyric Fest was founded in 2003 by three Philadelphia-area musicians: mezzo-soprano DuPlantis, pianist Laura Ward and soprano Randi Marrazzo, with the shared goal of celebrating and revitalizing the song tradition. It has produced and presented over 100 concerts and recitals featuring more than 200 local, regional and national artists, actors, dancers and choral groups.
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