The community is invited to Southern Adventist University for an evening of chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Mable Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium. The event features three generations: Bruce Ashton, DMA, on piano, with his daughter, Ellen Francisco, on violin and grandson, Nathan Francisco, on cello. They will present works by Finnish composers Jean Sibelius and Toivo Kuula—including some piano trios—which are described by Ms. Francisco as “beautiful, lush, and emotional.” This event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Ashton served as a professor in Southern’s School of Music for many years before retiring and continuing as an adjunct professor. He is well known for his piano performances and radio programs on Classical 90.5 WSMC.
Ms. Francisco graduated from Southern in 1993 with a degree in violin performance. After teaching at schools across the country, she returned to serve as an adjunct professor of violin and chamber music at Southern. Her son, Nathan, is currently in high school and is passionate about music. He spends his free time in various forms of music-making, including cello, organ, viola da gamba, harpsichord, percussion and music writing and arranging.
Every summer the Ashton and Francisco families organize and direct two workshops on Southern’s campus for student, amateur and professional musicians.
For more information, call the School of Music at 423-236-2880.