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Allen Krantz & Tamara Matthews Biography

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      Allen Krantz, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University, has received acclaim as a composer, solo guitarist, and chamber musician. He has performed in concert throughout the United States including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, with his diverse programs often featuring original compositions.

      Recent performances have included the premiere of an orchestral overture, At Gretna and Songs of Innocence and Experience for guitar and small orchestra as well as his arrangement of Copland's Appalachian Spring sketches presented at the Library of Congress with the Martha Graham Company. Krantz's works include An American Town for string orchestra, commissioned by the Village Bach Festival in Michigan and also presented at the Moscow Autumn 98 festival in Russia and in Australia. Without Borders, commissioned by pianist Clipper Erickson, is featured on his new recording. Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town, commissioned by Music at Gretna. has been performed by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit in Saratoga and Philadelphia.

      Allen Krantz is composer in residence for the Philadelphia based chamber ensemble, 1807 & Friends which premiered his Little Elegy for soprano and strings, quartet for Guitar and Strings, and In Five, a quintet for piano and winds. His String quartet was premiered by the Wister quartet. His unique collaboration with Janet Eilber, principal dancer of the Martha Graham Company, has resulted in three collaborations for chamber ensemble featuring dancer/narrator and guitar, based on American poetry.

      Mr. Krantz heads the guitar program of The New School Institute at Temple University. He performs in Duo Paganini with violinist Nancy Bean and has performed and taught nationwide as an Affiliate Artist. His solo and chamber music arrangements for the guitar are published by International Music. Krantz's recordings Include Summer Music with flutist Deborah Carter featuring two of his compositions, The Romantic Guitar, a recital of his arrangements of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, and The Philadelphia Connection which features his Sonata for Violin and Guitar, all on the DTR label.

      Tamara Matthews - American soprano, Tamara Matthews is rapidly rising to the forefront of the music world as one of its most promising talents. A voice described as "worthy of the angels" brought her First Prize at the Musica Sacra Bach Vocal Competition, which resulted in her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1994. She has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Accademia per La Musica Antica, and the Berkeley, Boston and Ravinia music festivals. She has collaborated with many prominent conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Paul Salamunovich, Joshua Rifkin, Robert Page, Luis Biava, Greg Funfgeld and Stanley Sperber. During the 1998-9 season, she returned as featured soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra (Poulenc Gloria), the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She also starred in the world premiere of the new opera The Black Swan conducted by Sara CaIdwell. This spring, Ms. Matthews will debut with Opera Delaware as Donna Anna in a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles.

      Ms. Matthews' 1999-2000 season begins with the Los Angeles Master Chorale (Brahms' German Requiem) and her Kennedy Center debut (Bach's Mass in B Minor). She will appear as special guest soloist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (opera arias and Mahler's Symphony No.4) in Israel to open their gala 50th season.

      Other engagements have included debuts with the Cleveland Synphony Orchestra, at their Blossom Music Festival, as soprano soloist in a "Beethoven Marathon" under the direction of Maestro Slatkin, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra (Handel's Messiah), Bach's St. John Passion with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Pergolesi's StabatMater with Chicago's Music of the Baroque. Operatic debuts in New York, Chicago (in Cavalli's La Calisto) and San Francisco have garnered high praise for her portrayals of a wide range of roles including Micaela, the Marschallin, Vanessa, Mozart's Countess, Pamina and ilia, and a variety of bravura Baroque characters. She was also featured in the world premiere of Scarlatti's re-discovered opera L'Aldimiro, presented by Cal Performances. The Wall StreetJournal lauded Ms. Matthews' performance as "operatically grand!" Ms. Matthews has recorded with the Dorian, Pro Gloria Musicae, Lyrichord, Koch International Classics, Angel/EMI and the Musical Heritage Society labels.

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