Strumming up gusto with the guitar

1807 & Friends presents The Florian Trio

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A portrait featuring both Nancy Bean and Lloyd Smith.
One of Allen Krantz's new pieces was inspired by 1807 & Friends's Nancy Bean and Lloyd Smith. (Photo courtesy of 1807 & Friends.)

The 1807 & Friends chamber series delivers some of its most enjoyable evenings when guitarist-composer Allen Krantz joins the festivities. For this Monday’s event, Krantz will collaborate with two other 1807 regulars, violinist Nancy Bean and cellist Lloyd Smith—a threesome they call the Florian Trio.

A trio of sorts

The program includes pieces by the composers you expect to hear at a concert focused on the guitar, like Spain’s Manuel de Falla and the Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla. But it’s just as wide-ranging and eclectic as most 1807 concerts: the lineup also includes Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood, a new piece by Krantz, and a dance for viola composed by a distinguished retired physician with a lifelong interest in music, Martin Heyworth.

Krantz’s piece is a duo for violin and cello expanded from a set of guitar variations on the Scottish folk tune The Water is Wide. Krantz says he wrote it for 1807 & Friends artistic director Nancy Bean and cellist Lloyd Smith because he enjoyed the online concerts they streamed from their living room during the first months of the shutdown. The first verse of the song, Krantz says, tells how the singer can’t cross the river alone—it takes two.

What, When, Where

The Florian Trio. 1807 & Friends. $19. Monday, October 25 at 7:30pm at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. (215) 438-4027, (215) 978-0969,, and at the door.

Proof of vaccination is required. Attendants are required to wear a mask while indoors.


The Academy of Vocal Arts's personal disability entrance is on the north side of Delancey Street. Look for the single green door just to the right of 1923 Delancey Street.

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