Mac Frampton’s professional career spans virtually his entire lifetime. Born in South Carolina, he began piano lessons at the age of five. By the time he was eight, his father, a Presbyterian minister, was “hiring” him to play the piano for church suppers, weddings, and an occasional service; it was here that Mac got his first taste of performing, and he never looked back. He studied piano at Erskine College and the Cincinnati Conservatory, where he received his Doctorate in Musical Arts. While in Cincinnati, Mac was awarded a bronze medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and his career as a concert pianist was launched.
Since the early Seventies, Mac Frampton has performed nearly 3000 concerts all over the world. He has been a soloist with many of the great orchestras, including Boston Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. He has teamed with the likes of Bill Cosby, Glen Campbell, Roberta Flack, and Ray Charles. He has recorded eighteen albums. His recording “Projections”, was chosen by Columbia Record House as its International Selection of the Month. His newest release, “Concert Grand”, features new arrangements from his current show accompanied by a live orchestra.
Mac Frampton is equally at home as a soloist or with instrumental accompaniment, in either secular or sacred settings. Many of his recent concerts have been presented in churches, where his program incorporates a blend of sacred, classical and pops.
Mac frequently appears with his own orchestra, The Hollywood Hills Orchestra, a sixteen-piece ensemble specializing in original arrangements of great motion picture music. He has also produced several revues, including tributes to Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, The Thirties & Forties, The Baby Boomer Generation, and is currently creating a new production which will feature hits from the great singers of the Fifties. His Holiday production, “Tis the Season!” tours annually. In 1999, The Hollywood Hills Orchestra commemorated 100 years of great American music with its national tour, Salute to a Century.
This season, Mac Frampton shares with his audiences an exciting retrospective of the amazing variety of popular and classical music composed for the piano, that marvelous instrument that has defined his career. This new production, “Concert Grand!” will be presented as a solo concert, with a rhythm, and with Mac’s full orchestra.