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Enjoy an “up close and personal” one hour concert complete with wine and light appetizers. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Nicolo Paganini: Italian virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini may be the perfect example of nature meets nurture. Taught the violin by his father as a child and tutored by the best teachers, Paganini was considered a prodigy. The ferocity with which he played, coupled with his elongated fingers and extraordinary flexibility, gave him a mysterious, almost mythical reputation. Mobbed in the street and rumored to have a “deal with the devil” to achieve the heights of his virtuoso performances, he is considered by many to be the greatest violinist of all time.
Nancy Bean, Violinist, is Assistant Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. A Seattle native and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, she has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. An active chamber musician, she is founder (in 1987) and first violinist of Wister Quartet and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia-based 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble. She has performed in chamber concerts with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Radu Lupu, Garrick Ohlsson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Allen Krantz, Guitarist, is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University, and has received acclaim as a solo guitarist and chamber musician and composer. His performances throughout the United States have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, with his diverse programs often featuring original compositions. Recent compositions include a Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Guitar, a Guitar Quintet, a book of Guitar Etudes and “Marilyn Cycle”, a setting of Marilyn Monroe’s poetry for voice, clarinet, cello and piano commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and“Quartet for Piano and Strings”, which premiered at Gretna Music. Mr. Krantz heads the guitar program and teaches chamber music at Temple University. He also serves on the Artistic Committee for the Gretna Music festival.