Allen Krantz and Julien Labro

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

Master of the bandoneon (a cousin of the accordion), Julien Labro, teams up with Gretna Music favorite, guitarist Allen Krantz, for a concert of light classical favorites including the tango nuevo music of Astor Piazzolla.

3:00 pm and 7:30 pm performances with a free First Listen Performance at 6:45 pm.

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Heralded as “the next accordion star,” Julien Labro has established himself as the foremost accordion and bandoneón player in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.

Picking up the accordion at 9, French-born Labro’s earliest influence was traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory and sweeping first prize in many international accordion competitions, Labro moved to the United States to further pursue his musical dream.

Equipped with advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition, Labro draws from his diverse background and eclectic musical influences in his search for new themes and untried concepts, evolving and developing his ideas into new projects. Labro has worked with numerous symphonies, chamber ensembles and collaborators around the world.

For more information on Mr. Labro,  visit

Allen Krantz

Allen Krantz, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University, 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.

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. On the Road and Little Elegy for voice and string quartet, were commissioned by Lyric Fest in Philadelphia. Other recent pieces are Quartet for Piano and Strings, which premiered at Gretna Music, Passacaglia for trombone, guitar and piano, premiered by Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic; Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, Sacred Places for solo guitar, and American Document commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company. A Musical Walk, a children’s piece was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Under One Roof, a trio for trumpet violin and piano was written in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Krantz heads the guitar program and teaches chamber music at Temple University.

For more information on Mr. Kratz, visit

First Listen

A First Listen performance will take place at 6:45 pm.  These performances are free to the public. 

Gabriel Locati is a current student at Temple University studying mandolin performance with Allen Krantz. He is a native of the Philadelphia area and has performed on mandolin and mandocello in the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, the Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble, and the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra. Before attending Temple University, Gabriel studied with Patrick Mercuri. In 2019, Gabriel placed 2nd in the Rowan University Concerto Competition, junior division.

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704), Rosary Sonata No.16 in g minor for solo violin, Passagalia
  • Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), i. Obsession – Prelude: Poco vivace from Sonata for solo violin, Op. 27, No. 2, ‘Jacques Thibaud’
  • Johann Caspar Mertz (1806-1856), iv. Abendlied, from Bardenklange, Op. 14

Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508