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Benefit Piano Recital in Asheville

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville is pleased to announce they will be hosting a solo piano recital by Asheville musician, Dr. Leslie Downs, on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the main sanctuary located at 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The performance will feature works of well-known and lesser-known composers—Montsalvatge, Ravel, Dohnányi, and Granados—and is open to the general public.

Admission is $30.00 and will benefit the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. General admission tickets will be available at the door or in advance by contacting Margaret McAlister by phone at 305-989-1623 or email – Payment is accepted by cash or check only.

An Asheville, N.C. resident, Dr. Downs is active as both a solo and a collaborative pianist. He currently serves as the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. As a soloist, he has played recitals in the New York City area, as well as in Connecticut, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. He has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in Louisiana and Texas. As a collaborative artist, he has performed in lieder, chamber, and choral concerts across the United States and in Canada, playing a wide variety of repertoire.

While working as a freelance pianist/teacher/vocal coach in New York City, Dr. Downs served as principal accompanist for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus for six seasons. He has worked with several well-known performers, including Faith Esham, Sondra Radvanovsky, Kristin Chenoweth, and B.D. Wong. Dr. Downs has recorded for DRG.

Dr. Downs received his Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana. His principal teachers were Constance Carroll, Donald Currier, Katherine Teves, Elizabeth Child, and Edward Gates.

For more information on Dr. Downs, visit:

For more information on the September 20 recital, contact:

Margaret McAlister


September 20, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States