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Pianist is guild's first performer

Mac Frampton, who will perform classical and Broadway melodies Saturday night, is a favorite of guild audiences.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 27, 2000


SPRING HILL -- A tickling of the ivories will begin the eighth performance season for the Community Performing Arts Guild.

The group, dedicated to bringing affordable musical entertainment to Hernando County, has scheduled pianist Mac Frampton as its first performer of the year.

Frampton, who is a returning favorite of guild audiences, performs a variety of music, including classical favorites such as Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata or Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat. He also plays Broadway melodies, including Phantom of the Opera and Ain't Misbehavin'.

"We're really looking forward to his return," said Stephanie Stonerook, publicity director and guild founder. "The audience was really thrilled to hear."

Each time Frampton has played for the group, the church's 750-person sanctuary has been filled to capacity, Stonerook said.

Free tickets for CPAG events are distributed well in advance of concert dates. Donations are taken at the performance to pay for future shows. If they wish, subscribers can pay $55 and get tickets for the entire season to avoid waiting in lines, Stonerook said.

"It's the cheapest and best show in town," she said.

Frampton will perform at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Limited afternoon tickets remain. For information, call 683-0619 during the evening.

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