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Broadway veteran D’Ambrosio to sing on Harris Center stage

By From page B5 | February 05, 2014

Franc D’Ambrosio

Franc D’Ambrosio, famed as “the world’s longest-running Phantom,” brings the stage to life in his inimitable style at the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College on Feb. 9.

Best known for his decade-long appearance in lead role of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” D’Ambrosio also performed the Academy Award-winning theme song “Speak Softly Love” as the opera singing son of Michael Corleone in “Godfather III.”  He studied under the late Luciano Pavarotti, was picked by Barry Manilow to play the male lead in the pre-Broadway tour of “Copacabana” and earned two Grammy considerations for Best Male Vocalist (1999) and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (2005).

Other notable appearances include Dorothy Hamill’s “Broadway on Ice” and “Miss Saigon” with the Louisiana Lyric Opera. D’Ambrosio is also an active educator, delivering master classes and lectures around the world, including the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Spoleto, Italy), the Julliard School and American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York).

This concert is sponsored by the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association, which has presented internationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1994. The organization grew from a commitment to serve the community and enrich the cultural life of Folsom. Thanks to the generosity of patrons and sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices.

Season tickets to the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association’s five-concert series begin at $70. Contact Dianne Burnett at (916) 988-3184 to be added to the waiting list for the 2014–15 concert season. For more information visit flcca.org.

D’Ambrosio performs at the Harris Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $24 to $34 with premium seats available for $39. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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