Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Now in his 40th season as a concert pianist, Mac Frampton, a native of South Carolina, credits his durability to a continuing evolution as a performer. He started his career in the 70s as a solo pianist, later adding a rhythm section of bass and percussion – a combination that earned the Mac Frampton Triumvirate hundreds of college concerts. In the 80s, Mac began to produce a variety of revues, including tributes to George Gershwin and to the music of the 30s & 40s. In the 90s, his attentions turned to larger ensembles; first, an acclaimed production entitled Music of the Night, and then The Hollywood Hills Orchestra in 1995. More recent productions include an homage to the music of the 70s, Yesterday Once More, That Mancini Magic! – a tribute to the iconic Henry Mancini, and Fanfare For The American Hero, which honors our veterans and active duty military. Mac has released over 25 recordings during his career.
Kevin Lyons, trumpet
Trumpeter Kevin Lyons hails from Clinton, MS, and has a long-standing dual passion for both classical and jazz music. After receiving his early training in Mississippi and also at Louisiana State University, Lyons went on to earn a BA in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Michael Sachs and James Darling. During that time, he was awarded the Bernard Aldestein Award in Trumpet, and was a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. Lyons went on the road for two years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, touring the US, Canada, Japan, the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean. When he returned to the states, he settled in Atlanta, GA and became Associate Principle Trumpet for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principle Trumpet for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Greenville (SC) Symphony, the Georgia Symphony, and the Columbus (GA) Symphony. He has been featured as a soloist with the Georgia Symphony, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Gwinnett Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Community Orchestra. Lyons can also be heard on a number of major label recordings with prestigious orchestra ensembles and major mainstream artists.
“…an immensely talented pianist, at home in a wide variety of musical settings.”
– Billboard Magazine
“How one man can bring the rafters down in Symphony Hall as if a full orchestra were playing is a feat in itself. It’s consummate musicianship. Electrifying!”
– Atlanta Constitution
– Merv Griffin