Now in its eleventh season, the innovative and barrier-breaking classical concert series PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY invites audiences to experience celebrated classical musicians in anticipation of their upcoming engagements on the world’s most prestigious stages. Acclaimed opera singer Allison Charney sings on each concert and hosts a behind-the-scenes glimpse into top-level artists’ practices and performances, deliberately blurring the traditional barriers which exist between classical musicians and their audiences. Ms. Charney promises a complete concert experience that provides entertainment and insight providing audience members with classical music knowledge that she promises is simply “not Google-able.”

Throughout its previous ten seasons, PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY has presented over 100 of the preeminent musicians of our time. Notable appearances include those by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, Metropolitan Opera stars William Burden and Maria Zifchak, “Queen of the Flute,” Carol Wincenc, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins of Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof” fame, and concert pianists Joel Fan and Navah Perlman, just to name a few. In addition, the series has presented new classical works by composers such as Michael Ching, Moshe Knoll, Mary Ellen Childs, Russell Platt and Kim D. Sherman. Concerts typically run an hour and a half, with no intermission.

PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY is humbled to partner with the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania – both by financially contributing to its research efforts and also by promoting awareness of the Basser Center’s mission of advancing the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY is supported in part through the generosity of its patron group – Friends of  PREFORMANCES –  donors who believe in the series’ mission and vision.  This support enables the development of new works and helps provide educational community outreach efforts, offering free tickets to aspiring young professional musicians as well as students without regular access to high quality classical music programming.

 Allison Charney

Soprano Allison Charney’s operatic career began in earnest following the national finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition with her debut at the New York City Opera as Musetta in La Bohème. She has gone on to sing most of Puccini’s leading soprano roles in opera companies throughout the country, including the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Suor Angelica, Mimi in La Bohème and Liù in Turandot, earning a reputation for her “vocal agility, lush sound and dramatic portrayals” of the lirico-spinto roles in her wide-ranging repertoire. Ms. Charney has experienced enormous success with her Mozart interpretations as well, including both Susanna and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Sandrina in the rarely heard La Finta Giardiniera. She wowed both audience and critics all over the United States with her tour-de-force portrayals of all three heroines in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Her versatility has also led her to sing roles as varied as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Nedda in Pagliacci, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and the title roles in Martha, La Traviata, Jenufa and The Merry Widow.

Ms. Charney’s career has brought her to opera companies across the United States, including the New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, Annapolis Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, New Rochelle Opera, Opera Illinois, OperaDelaware, Utah Festival Opera, DiCapo OperaTheater, Tampa Opera, Opera Idaho, Syracuse Opera, Washington Summer Opera Festival, Colorado Opera Festival and Mississippi Opera. Concert highlights have included performances at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, as a featured soloist with the esteemed Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Boston Pops under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Continuing her commitment to performing music of our times, Ms. Charney recently premiered Moshe Knoll’s Psalm 133 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, in a concert that also featured Kim D. Sherman’s oratorio (composed for Ms. Charney) Songbird and the Eagle. Upcoming performances will include further premieres of pieces by Michael Ching, Ms. Sherman and Mr. Knoll, whose Psalm 133 she recently sang in concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she was also the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ms. Charney is scheduled to make her Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2020 as a featured soloist in the new composite song cycle, Forgotten Voices, commissioned by Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul.

Ms. Charney is featured in the first recording of the Pulitzer Prize nominated oratorio Choose Life, by composer Mona Lyn Reese and can be heard in a CD of American songs with pianist, Benjamin Loeb, on the DSC Label. Ms. Charney is a founding member of the ARK trio, who is scheduled to release their first recording in 2020, following their residency at Macalester College, and is also co-creator, with pianist Donna Weng Friedman, of the new series, Her/Music; Her/Story, which was launched at Steinway Hall in 2019 and is featured in a four-part radio series on WQXR.  Ms. Charney is an active recitalist and master teacher and is the founder and artistic director of the concert series, PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY at Merkin Hall in New York City. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude with highest honors, in Special Concentrations from Harvard University, she went on to earn two graduate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Charney now lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

Our Eleventh Season Team

Artistic and Executive Director – Allison Charney
Collaborative Pianist – Craig Ketter
Original Art Work – Doug Fitch
Web Design – Mike Hartley
Graphic Design/Marketing – Front Porch Solutions
Videography – Evan Epstein
Accounting -Jeffrey Blum
Legal- Dechert, LLP

Board of Directors:

Allison Charney
Lisa Charney
Nancy Friedman
Benjamin Loeb
Jillian Neubauer

Friends of PREFORMANCES 2019-2020


Sally-Ann and Ervin Epstein – sponsors of the appearances of Allison Charney
Gray Foundation – sponsors of the Chamber Music Collaborative/Community Outreach
Mindy and Jonathan Gray – sponsors of the appearances of Allison Charney


Serena and John Moon – sponsors of the appearances of Craig Ketter
Grace and Guy Shanon – sponsors of the appearances of Craig Ketter


Lisa and Daniel Charney – sponsors of the appearance of Joel Fan
Audrey and Greg David – hosts of a Private Patrons’ PREFORMANCES
Judith and Anthony Evnin  – sponsors of the appearance of Miranda Cuckson
Maria and Jerome Markowitz – sponsors of the appearance of Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Kimberly and Andrew Moses – sponsors of the appearance of Sophie Shao


Sara and David Bickers
Nancy and Jordan Charney
Ching-Lynn Chen and Richard Blewitt
Gouri and Alexander Edlich
Michael Ellis
Allison and Adam Epstein
Colleen and Richard Fain
Lesley and Lawrence Fain
Jennifer Hogan and Scott Murphy
JoAnn and Bernard Kruger
Lori Lesser and Daniel Shuchman
Lisa Pete and Elliot Fain
June Wise


Nancy Friedman and Michael Zinn
Nancy Goldberg
Rose Klein and Scott Young
Janet Korins and Joseph Kaufman
Diane and Michael Marcus
Emily and Gregory Pressman
Katherine and Dhiren Shah
Christina von Riesenfelder and Kevin Roe


Joel Fan
Kyu Han and Heinz Maeusli
Elaine and Gregory Herzog
Brooke Johnson and Marianna Rosett
Carol Losos and Judson Weaver
Dana Orange and Matthew Tierney
Anna and Marcel Pintea
So-Chung Shinn
Shera and Ted Silver
Jennifer and David Yum


David Battat
Leah Bentley
Oscar Bleetstein
Michael Ching
Donna Weng Friedman and Craig Friedman
Jayne and Ron Georgetti
Linda Greenblatt Gordon and Michael Gordon
Roberta Gratz
Pamela and David Hornik
Sue Jackson
Eileen Kavanagh and Jon Luff
Julie and Bill Kelley
Adrienne Kim
Patricia and Mark Kogan
Maris and Jesse Krasnow
David Leibowitz
Emily Epstein Leiderman and Jared Leiderman
Benjamin Loeb
Blair McMillen
Gloria and Richard Marchick
Sarah Marchick and Rob Hallman
Lynne and Barry Marcus
Donna Friedman Meir and Gadi Meir
Colin Montgomery
E. Cristin O’Keefe
Victoria Ordin
Stefan Pagacik
Karen and Patrick Ryan
Ina Scher
Nancy Marcus Seklir
Craig Taubman
Yvonne and Howard Tsao
Barbara Day Turner and Daniel Helfgot
Julia Zilberquit