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AmiciMusic Presents THE FRENCH CONNECTION Thurs Oct 13th 2016 at 7:30pm

$15 in advance

$20 at the door



"THE FRENCH CONNECTION" highlights three works written in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, but all in very different styles. '

From the passionate Romanticism of Cesar Franck to the Impressionism of Claude Debussy to the Neo-Classicism of Igor Stravinsky, we will highlight the incredible variety of culture in all the arts that was centered in the City of Lights at the dawn of the 20th century.

Franklin Keel began studying violin when he was three years old and discovered the cello at the age of six. He earned scholarships to the Eastman School of Music, the Brevard Music Center (where he was a finalist in the Jan & Beattie Wood Concerto Competition), and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA. He has appeared as a soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony, the Brevard Philharmonic, and other community orchestras in the Asheville Area. He has shared the concert stage with artists such as Ben Sollee, Pierce Edens, Liberated State, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band; and he has recorded with Jonathan Scales, Casey Dreissen, the Secret B-Sides, and two albums for Sirius.B. He currently holds the Associate Principal Cello position in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and he performs in many locally and regionally acclaimed projects such as the Opal String Quartet, the Lovestruck Suckers, the Asheville Tango Orchestra, and Sirius.B. Mr. Keel taught orchestra and chorus for four years at Hendersonville High School. He now teaches cello and chamber music in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas.

Daniel Weiser, piano, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald and won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.

Besides founding AmiciMusic, he co-founded and still serves as Artistic Director for Classicopia, a similar type of chamber music organization based in New Hampshire. He was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. 

About AmiciMusic:

AmiciMusic  is a non-profit chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, founded by pianist and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. It is dedicated to performing chamber music in intimate venues such as private homes and non-traditional spaces, including bars, libraries, Churches, retirement homes, and more.

AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs and by promoting a relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts in order to encourage new concert-goers to enjoy the energy of the performances and the spirit of community and camaraderie.

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