David Troy Francis to perform at Lake Junaluska

Jul 30, 2014

Concert pianist David Troy Francis will be performing the music of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and American hymns on Aug. 2 at Lake Junaluska's Stuart Auditorium.

Francis is an exciting, authoritative performer described by the Los Angeles Times as consistently absorbing, whether in lyrical repose or compulsive fury.

He has recorded eight cds ranging from his unique arrangements of American hymns to the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem’s technically formidable Eight Etudes for Piano.

"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," Rorem has said of Francis.

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.

Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Asheville, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.

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 at the Nobel Prize Luncheon and played in Florence, Italy, at the University of Pepperdine in December 2013 on Rossinni’s personal piano.

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.

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."

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 third longest running production in Los Angeles intimate theatrical history. The musical 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 about $250,000 for animal charitable organizations.

Francis is the founder and artistic director of the Asheville nonprofit named The Modern American Music Project. In the last 16 months, TMAMP has successfully mounted stellar productions of the opera "Dead Man Walking" and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning work "The Passion of the Little Match Girl."

Francis is also the founder of a concert series to nurture and support quality musicians that enters its sixth successful year this fall at Bartlett United Methodist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. The series is named "The Marguerite Francis Music at Noon Concert Series"and honors Francis’ late mother.

Don't miss Francis' first performance since his year-long battle with cancer. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Stuart Auditorium. Tickets cost $17.50. For tickets, visit www.lakejunaluska.com, call 452-2881 or stop by the Bethea Welcome Center during regular business hours.

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