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Sep 3, 2015

Frankie Reneau at the Bliss this Friday

Francis "Frankie" Reneau

The national celebrations wouldn’t be complete without Francis “Frankie” Reneau. He returns every year to put on a one-of-a-kind show and on Friday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the acclaimed musical composer will put off a Broadway and Soul production. Musicians and artists from across the Jewel have been working with Reneau for two months to perfect their performances. Reneau explains that new artists will be featured in this year’s concert.


Francis Reneau, Composer
“They can expect a host of different artists and styles. Inevitably I will always begin with a bit of me, meaning classical music which I perform—bit not too long, just in case people get feisty. After that the program will branch out into Broadway and Soul—not a lot of Broadway but a lot more soul, featuring more Motown offerings, pieces, songs as such as Diana Ross, and lots of oldies; These Arms Of Mine from Otis Redding.  What’s so wonderful about all this is you can not only hear beautiful voices and the production, but also dancing on the stage. I try to get the singers to adapt that style. It is not just singing the melodies or singing the backing voices, but there has to be a certain sound to get the right effect. So I have been working on that with some very, very good singers, I have to say; all of them are exceedingly good. I have also in this production showcased new talent. In that vein, Samantha Smith who is an excellent violinist, an excellent pianist and also an excellent singer and very good guitarist. So she will be featured with a few songs and a young man—his name escapes me right now—he will also be playing his guitar and a song that he wrote. And he actually has a unique voice. I never heard a voice like that before. I was quite impressed by him.”


Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon, Theatre Director, ICA

“They really sound very good. The music is music that a lot of people can relate to. If the younger people don’t know it themselves, they’ve heard their parents playing it; they’ve heard it on the radio. It is really good music and popular music that young people do know. It’s a wide cross-section of music that everyone will be able to relate to something in there.”


Tickets are available at the Bliss for twenty dollars. The show starts at eight p.m. on Friday. 

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