Join us for an evening of music with the talented David Troy Francis.
To purchase tickets please call the WNCAP office at 828.252.7489
If you prefer to purchase tickets online, please follow the link to the WNCAP Donation Page.
On the donation page, please choose “Piano Concert 1/31/16” as your Donation Category.
A Note from David
I am so excited to announce that I will be performing a piano concert at the magnificent Asheville Country Club on Sunday, Jan. 31st. Please come!
Watch for upcoming articles in the Citizen-Times and the Mountain Xpress in the next week or so. Pam Siekman and I will be on Dick Kowal’s Arts Radio Show on Monday, January 25th at 1:10pm on the local NPR station WCQS.
Tickets are $100 per person and the proceeds go to The Western North Carolina AIDS Project. So a sellout will gross $20,000.
A good friend who wishes to remain anonymous has generously committed his foundation to matching dollar for dollar the gross amount of ticket sales so with the anticipated sell out it will be a wonderfully successful event for WNCAP.
Please consider making a donation to WNCAP if you cannot attend so that those who otherwise cannot afford the tickets can attend.
I have chosen music to perform that I personally love and have been practicing diligently to ensure that the concert will be amazing. Music will include pieces by Vangelis, Michelle LeGrande, Chopin and more! The gifted Ms. Carol Duermit will join me to sing during the concert. Carol has recently starred in Asheville Community Theatre Productions of Young Frankenstein, BARK!, and Naughty But Nice among her many credits. A talented trumpet/piano duo will entertain guests before and after the concert itself.
Please do not delay in acquiring tickets.
WNCAP is an incredible non-profit organization and provides a plethora of HIV/AIDS related services to ALL of western North Carolina including: finding housing for gay, lesbian and transgender youth who are kicked out their homes after disclosing their sexual orientation or their HIV status to their parents; providing medical and counseling services; helping those with addictions, etc. This organization provides hope and help to those who need it and makes our community stronger and better.
To buy tickets by phone: call Jesse at WNCAP at 828.252.7489
To buy tickets online go to: https://wncap.org/
The flyer above contains all the info needed. This event begins at 3pm with hors d’ouerves, wine and a cash bar (for liquor). The concert will run from 4:15-5:30pm and post-concert mingling until 6:30pm or so.
Thank you for your support of my musical endeavors and thank you for your support of WNCAP. I promise this will be an excellent event that will brighten your hearts.
Please, get your tickets TODAY! Please feel free to call or email for info or if you have questions and please share with your friends!
With Joy and Affection,
David Troy Francis
To hear some of David’s wonderful music try the following links:
Rehearsal and Citizen-Times photo shoot: Getting ready for the show
Learn more about David
DAVID TROY FRANCIS
Two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem says of Mr. Francis: He plays the right note with the right tone at the right time. (what more can you ask of any performer?) And with this, he adds that indefinable element of himself, which is the magic of all true interpreters.
Mr. Francis plays in recital through out America and has eight cds available including the world premiere recording of Mr. Rorem’s Eight Etudes for Piano on the cd entitled The Americans. The Los Angeles Times raves of Mr. Francis’ playing: consistently absorbing whether in lyrical repose or propulsive fury.
Mr. Francis is the recording pianist for such films as Pursuit of Happyness, Elegy and the recent re-make of Fame. He has composed music for both film and television and his piano performance can be heard in many major motion pictures.
Mr. Francis is the creator, composer, musical director and executive producer of the runaway smash hit musical BARK!
BARK! finished a two year run in Los Angeles in August 2006 which was the 3rd longest running production in Los Angeles intimate theatrical history. BARK! has been selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and has received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. This musical comedy presented from a dog’s perspective has also received the endorsement of The Humane Society of The United States-the first time ever the society has endorsed a commercial entity. BARK! has raised approximately one quarter of a million dollars for animal charitable organizations.
The soundtrack cd recording of BARK! The Musical featuring the original Los Angeles cast is available at: http://www.barkthemusical.com
Mr. Francis directed the Jason Robert Brown musical Songs For A New World at the Tennessee Williams Theatre under the auspices of the Key West Symphony and also appeared as a major soloist in the orchestra’s presentation of PianoMen.
He co-created and musically directed an original musical revue entitled Naughty But Nice – an intimate evening with the music of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. The show enjoyed a month long totally sold out run at the Asheville Community Theatre in November 2012. BARK! also enjoyed an incredibly successful production at the Asheville Community Theatre.
David Troy Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Asheville, North Carolina, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.
His electrifying and critically acclaimed cd, The Americans, features compositions of living American composers including Mr. Rorem. Other eminent American composers represented on this CD are the magnificent Lowell Liebermann, the distinguished Tobias Picker and the excellent Michael Boustead. He has earned raves from composers and critics alike for his compelling combination of pulverizing technical virtuosity and poetic piano artistry.
He has a stellar recording of his performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor recorded live with the Pasadena Concert Series Orchestra.
His popular CD, by george – gershwin reconsidered, is an all Gershwin project including Mr. Francis’ version of the piano transcription of Rhapsody in Blue as well as his newly arranged versions of songs from stage and screen.
Mr. Francis’ unique and exquisite arrangements of American Hymns have led to two best selling cds: Pieces of My Childhood – American Hymns Revisited & Be Still, My Soul – American Hymns Revisited Volume Two. The latter cd was recorded in the famous Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California – the recording home of such voices as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
He performs frequently in recital including performances at colleges, churches and performing arts venues throughout the world. He has performed for Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden when he performed for the Nobel Prize Luncheon. He gave a totally digital rendering of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for Roland Instruments on their digital concert grand. He performed the same work with orchestra for the distinguished Lindenwood Concert Series in Memphis, Tennessee and with the Pasadena Concert Orchestra. Mr. Francis played in Florence, Italy, at the University of Pepperdine in December 2013.
His performance of original compositions as well as classical pieces can be heard in major motion pictures starring such luminaries as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. Mr. Francis has composed music for television including the animated children’s series Extreme Dinosaurs and movie of the week Hollywood Wives. He is also the composer for the documentary The Age of Elegance and the mock-a-mentary Dogs.
Mr. Francis is a distinguished graduate of Rhodes College. He has studied piano performance with Don Moore at Rhodes and also Karen Knecht and Eduardo Delgado. He has studied song writing with Gloria Sklerov at UCLA.
He is the artistic director of The Modern American Music Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that produces quality productions of modern American music.
Mr. Francis accompanied and musically directed TMAMP’s production of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s critically acclaimed opera Dead Man Walking in Asheville, NC, April 2013. He reprised his role of pianist/musical director for another production of Dead Man Walking at Depaul in Chicago.
He is one half of the piano duo of Francis & Weiser who together play two piano and four hand concerts.
Mr. Francis founded and continues to support The Marguerite Francis Music at Noon Concert Series in Bartlett, Tennessee, at the Bartlett United Methodist Church. This series – named after his late mother – is designed to nurture and support quality musicians and provides performances every Wednesday at noon from September through May. The series recently completed its fourth year and is financially self supporting.
David Troy Francis
Appearing with David Troy Francis: Carol Duermit
Carol Duermit recently appeared with Asheville community theater as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. She began performing with Mariemont Players and Aurelia Theatricals in her hometown of Cincinnati. Upon relocating to North Carolina in ’96, she’s performed with both HLT and ACT. Favorite roles include: Dierdre in I Hate Hamlet, Sally in David’s Mother, BabyLove in The Grass Harp, Ginger Brooks in 1940’s Radio Hour, Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense, and Mama Rose in Gypsy. Naughty but Nice, a cabaret performed at 35 Below, was Carol’s first performance with David Troy Francis followed by a second collaboration with David as Golde in Bark! at ACT a year later. Carol is also a member of Forte, a Cabaret group of 4 women who recently performed at Altamont Theater to a sold out house. Former lead singer for band The Atomic Sauce and co-creator of Orphan Tree with Pat Cardwell, she loves her career as a loan officer with Yadkin Mortgage. She thanks her kids, Brett, Lauren and Connor, bonus kiddo Camden, Laura Hunter, and Tom Crook for their support and inspiration.