Pianist David Troy Francis to Perform June 28 at Lake Junaluska
|Arts & Entertainment|
|91 N Lakeshore Dr Lake Junaluska, NC 28785|
|Jun 28, 2013|
David Troy Francis likes his piano music American made, so much so that he started a nonprofit organization, The Modern American Music Project, to support and nurture its various genres by American composers. He’ll provide examples of his favorite music when he performs “The All American Piano Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium.
Francis moved to Asheville in 2010, after a brief stopover in Florida and 30 years in Los Angeles. A Memphis native, he is a classical pianist with eight commercial CDs to his credit. “The Americans,” his latest, contains music of living American composers. But for his Lake Junaluska concert, he’ll perform Gershwin, American hymns and music from Broadway. “I love the power and authenticity of modern American music,” Francis said, via email. “There is a rawness and accessibility to it that lacks the frills and adornments of other culture's music.”
What makes Francis’s version of classics stand out? “My arrangements of existing songs are unique,” he said. “I am fluent in most musical genres and because I modernize the arrangements by utilizing more modern harmonizations and rhythms, while still leaving the tunes accessible.”
Francis’s connection to the North Carolina mountains doesn’t end with his Asheville residence. He uses Western North Carolina artists to “present modern American music to a broader audience through quality productions, concerts and recording,” according to his organization’s Web site, www.tmamp.org.
And his definition of modern American music? It’s broad and “could include rap” he said. “I simply seek quality examples of modern music from all genres. We primarily exist in the world of classical but next season, for example, we will present “Songs for a New World,” a theatrical work by Jason Robert Brown, whose music is a combination of rock and theatrical elements.”
Tickets are $17.50 for adults. Youth 18 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Bethea Welcome Center daily and online. For more information, please visit www.lakejunaluska.com/david-troy-francis or call 800.222.4930.