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WHITE HORSE LIVE #34: David Troy Francis, Franklin Keel, Simone Vigilante — “Mountain Hymns – songs of grace and mercy”
October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
David Troy Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music, including his unique and celebrated arrangements of American hymns.
Now living in Roswell, Georgia, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.
Lauded by the Asheville Citizen-Times as a “beautiful dramatic soprano capable of some awesome fireworks”, Simone Vigilante has appeared in recitals and competitions, with opera companies and orchestras, throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Vigilante has lived in the Asheville area since 2001. While here, she has sung leading roles with The Modern American Music Project, Asheville Lyric Opera and Opera Creations, performed as soloist with the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Choral Society, Asheville Area Piano Forum, performed on fundraisers for Hope to Home, Thrivent, WNCAP (Western North Carolina Aids Project), and serves as a regular Cantor/Soloist at St. Mary’s Church.
Besides a successful career in singing, Ms. Vigilante is a popular teacher in the Asheville area, both at UNC Asheville and through her own studio.
Franklin Keel, cello, is an Asheville, North Carolina, native who began playing the cello at the age of six. After winning Principal Cello in the Asheville Youth Orchestra, he earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon graduation, he returned to Asheville and resumed his post in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Keel co-founded the Opal String Quartet, a group that has become active across Western North Carolina both as performers and as educators. He is currently the Principal Cello in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. An exacting musician, Mr. Keel is a vibrant master of his instrument with an exquisite quality of sound and stunning technique.