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Allen Krantz, Guitar and Elizabeth Shammash, Mezzo-Soprano

April 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes classical guitarist Allen Krantz back to the warm acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash.

John Dowland: Come Again, Flow My Tears, Awake Sweet Love
Michael White: A Sephardic Life
traditional Ladino songs, Spain and Turkey arr. Allen Krantz
Gustav Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer, arr. Allen Krantz
Isaac Albéniz: Leyenda
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones Popolares Españolas, arr. Allen Krantz


Praised as “a mezzo voice that makes one sit up and take notice” (Boston Globe), Elizabeth Shammash’s versatile repertoire spans opera, recital, musical theater and many genres of Jewish music including Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino languages. Her work in opera has taken her to major roles with companies including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berkshire Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the Beijing Music Festival. Concert appearances have included the China National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Los Angeles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Portland Baroque, Apollo’s Fire and Early Music Vancouver.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, festivals include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Aspen and Ravinia. She has appeared at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, New York Festival of Song, Lyric Fest and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and has presented recitals of Yiddish art song at the University of Oklahoma and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan. Ms. Shammash is a First Prize winner at the Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and she has recorded extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, including Yiddish stage songs of Abraham Ellstein and Joseph Rumshinsky, Yiddish art songs of Lazar Weiner and David Stock’s A Little Miracle. Other recordings include the role of Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Handel’s Messiah with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra.

Ms. Shammash received investiture as Hazzan (Cantor)and a Master of Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as Hazzan  of Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA. She works with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, teaching mindfulness practices to Jewish clergy.  She holds a Master’s degree in Music and Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, an artist diploma from Boston University’s Opera Institute and a B.A. in Italian Studies from Brown University. She makes her home in Philadelphia with her husband, David Reed, and their ten-year old rescue dog, Lenny.

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

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 American 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 guitar 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 Philadelphia Connection”. He has also recorded for Albany and Crystal Records labels.

Additional information about Mr. Krantz is available on his web site, www.allenkrantz.com

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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April 14, 2019
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map