Monday, April 22, 2019

Here Come da Judge!

Frances Gray - Music … and Judge

  After a 45-year career as Professor of Piano and Music Theory at UPEI, and longtime role as pianist/keyboardist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Fran takes a temporary break from Bach, Brahms and Chopin — for something quite different.  At the invitation of director Terry Pratt, she makes her debut performing new-to-her incidental music for 12 Angry Women.  To fit the era of the play, Fran will be playing 50’s rock-n-roll and excerpts from the musical My Fair Lady.  She had similarly performed incidental music for ACT’s play The Dining Room.

  There’s also an acting role (sort of).  As the play starts, Fran will be heard as the sober voice of the judge.  Her one-and-only other cameo vocal role was as Inez, the nursemaid in ACT’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, The Gondoliers.

  Frances Gray is actually a very classy classical pianist, with three CDs to her credit.  Though retired from academia, she continues to enjoy practising, reading music, teaching a few students and concertizing. She likes to attend concerts, ballet, and theatre performances. She has embraced the Seniors College and immersed herself in many new experiences and areas of interest.  She took up bridge two years ago and has tried to master the basics, aspiring to play with those who have been at the game for a lifetime!  She has two beautiful granddaughters, ages four and two, living in Halifax.

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