AmiciMusic plays 'The French Connection' in October

Oct 12, 2016
Photo by: Donated photo Cellist Franklin Keel

AmiciMusic will present this program of great music for cello and piano that was all composed in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, showcasing the City of Light's central position in the artistic world during this critical time of evolution and change.

It was Paris that many of the most important creative minds in music, art, and literature called home during this period as music veered towards atonality and art towards abstraction.

This concert features the music of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Franck, all very different in style, but connected by the fact that they were all composed in Paris at this critical juncture. 

The performers for the concert are cellist Franklin Keel and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. Mr. Keel is well-known to Asheville audiences, having grown up in the area before going to Eastman School of Music.

Dr. Weiser, the founder of AmiciMusic, has performed in over twenty countries around the world, including Israel, Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan, and France. He was also the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador of Music and has taught at Dartmouth College, UNCA, and Johns Hopkins University.  

AmiciMusic, founded in 2011 in Asheville, aims to break down barriers between performers and audience through short, informative talks before each piece and by establishing an informal, relaxed atmosphere at each program. Their mission is to perform in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces and to make great chamber music accessible to all ages and generations.

There will be five different venues for "The French Connection:"

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. —White Horse Black Mountain at 105 Montreat Rd in Black Mountain. Cost is $20 at the door or $15 in advance by calling White Horse at 828-669-0816 or online at

Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. — Isis Restaurant and Music Hall at 743 Haywood Rd in West Asheville. Cost for concert is $20.  Reservations strongly recommended as these shows have been selling out.Call Isis at 828-575-2737 to make dinner reservations or go online at to just get a seat for the show.  

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. — All Soul's Episcopal Cathedral in Biltmore Village. A historic and beautiful space in the heart of Asheville. Cost at the door for general admission is $20 or $10 for Church members. Children 18 and under are free.  Discounts available for advanced tickets at  

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville at 2021 Kanuga Rd. Part of the "Bach to Bluegrass" Concert Series. Suggested donation of $15.  

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. — House Concert at 19 Cats Whisker Court in Biltmore Lake. The concert offers wine and food. Seats are $35 per person, which includes all food and drink. Reservations are required and seating is very limited. Buy seats with any major credit card at  Or call Dan at 802-369-0856 or via email at

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