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 a recording pianist on the films 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 also 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! was selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. This musical comedy presented from a dog’s perspective also received the endorsement of The Humane Society of The United States–the first time ever the society 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 recently 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.
Mr. Francis is currently working on a new musical entitled The Trail of Tears as well as continuing to perform in concert across America.
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.
David 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 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