Bucks County Performing Arts Center


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BCPAC Next Performance

Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:30 p.m.
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Allen Krantz and
Suzanne DuPlantis

ALLEN KRANTZ, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stan- ford University, has received acclaim as a solo guitarist and chamber musician and composer. His performances throughout the United States have in- cluded appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, with his diverse programs often featur- ing 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 Associa- tion. On the Road and Little Elegy for voice and string quartet, were com- missioned by Lyric Fest in Philadelphia. Other recent pieces are Quartet for Pi- ano and Strings , which premiered at Gretna Music, Passacaglia for trom-
bone, 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 cele- bration of the 125th anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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. Krantz has received support from the Ameri- can Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance among others. Allen Krantz s compositions are published by the Theodore Presser Co. and Falls House Press. His solo and chamber music arrangements for gui- tar are published by International Music. Allen Krantz s recordings for the DTR label include Notes for flute and guitar with Mimi Stillman, Summer Music , The Romantic Guitar , and The Philadel- phia Connection . He has also recorded for Albany and Crystal Records labels.

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Mezzo soprano Suzanne DuPlantis is a widely appreciated artist acclaimed for her moving rendi- tions of songs and for her intimate way with an audience. She made her New York debut in
the St. John Passion of Bach of Bach at Alice Tully Hall with Musica Sacra and her Kimmel Center debut in Mahler s Das Lied von der Erde with Orchestra 2001. Her career in opera has spanned debuts with Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric, New Orleans Opera, Mobile Opera, Eugene Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Knoxville Op- era, Chautauqua Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia in roles from Rossini s heroines Rosina and Isabella, Carmen to Waltraute.
In oratorio, chamber music and song, Suzanne has appeared on numerous occasions with many of Philadelphia s premiere arts organizations in- cluding The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bucks County Choral So- ciety, Choral Arts Society, Singing City, The Wister Quartet, Mendelssohn Club, Music at Gretna and The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. DuPlantis has premiered many new works written for her including Andrea Clearfield s Les Fenêtres and the Women of Valor Suite, Kile Smith s In this Blue Room, Two Laudate Psalms, and There is No Great and No Small; Allen Krantz s From On the Road; Robert Maggio s Rachel and her Children, Small Hands Relinquish All; Roxanna Panufnik s Love Abide; Logan Skel- ton s Dickinson Songs, Tom Lloyd s Ben Unleashed. She has recorded Ancestral Waters of Brian Gaber for mezzo, orchestra and jazz trio. Ms. DuPlantis holds degrees from Loyola University, the Eastman School of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts, and is an active and committed teacher in Philadelphia.
With a passionate commitment to song and a belief in its power to reach all listeners, Suzanne co- founded Lyric Fest. This novel and dynamic song festival in Philadelphia presents theme-oriented pro- grams with various artists and spoken commentary. Noted for artistic excellence, scholarship and fun, Lyric Fest has received critical acclaim and enjoys broad audience appeal.
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Allen Krantz and
Suzanne DuPlantis

Adults: $15
Children: $10

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