The Ensembles of 1807 & Friends

WISTER QUARTET (violinists Nancy Bean and Davyd Booth, violist Pamela Fay and cellist Lloyd Smith) has earned high praise from critics and audiences alike for its superb musicianship and memorable performances, including those with guest artists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Alicia de Larrocha, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yo-Yo Ma. Formed in 1987 and named to honor Frances Anne Wister, the founder of The Philadelphia Orchestra's Volunteer Committees, the members of the Wister Quartet have all had a long association with the Orchestra. The Quartet has recorded for DTR and its first CD was nominated for a Grammy award. It is the core ensemble of 1807 & Friends and has performed in Europe and China as well as in the eastern United States.

CASIMIR TRIO (violinist Nancy Bean, cellist Lloyd Smith, pianist Marcantonio Barone) have been performing the great piano trio repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries for twenty years as well as premiering important new works.

BARNARD TRIO (pianist Davyd Booth, violinist Nancy Bean and cellist Lloyd Smith) have been performing together since 1985. A versatile group, its repertoire spans the gamut of eras and styles — Baroque masterworks, early 20th century light classics, and the great classical piano trio literature.

DUO PAGANINI (violinist and violist Nancy Bean and composer/guitarist Allen Krantz) have been performing since 1990 and feature their unique repertoire, including original compositions by Allen Krantz and duos from the Romantic era.

DUO PARISIENNE (violinist and violist Nancy Bean and harpist Anne Sullivan) has been delighting audiences with its imaginative programs of music drawn from Paris and other cultural centers of the world, and featuring music spanning four centuries. In addition to its performances in the Wilmington and Philadelphia area, Duo Parisienne performs as a part of 1807 & Friends. The Duo can be seen as part of the Liberty String Orchestra, which performs in the Rotunda at Liberty Place during the holiday season, and in schools throughout Philadelphia as part of 1807 & Friends' innovative educational presentations called "Sounds of the Strings."

FLORIAN TRIO (violinist and violist Nancy Bean, cellist Lloyd Smith and guitarist/composer Allen Krantz) has been performing since 1995 and feature Classical and Romantic repertoire as well as original compositions by Allen Krantz.

TRIO MONTAGE (Nancy Bean, violin and viola; Lloyd Smith, cello; Anne Sullivan, harp) is the newest ensemble in 1807 & Friends. When Lloyd began sitting in on some Duo Parisienne concert programs, it became obvious that a new group was in the wings. In the two years of its existence it has amassed a new wealth of fascinating repertoire and has been delighting audiences with beloved favorites and rarely heard masterworks.

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