Hello and welcome to my musical world!
My name is Darius Frowner and I am a Pianist, Musical Director and Teacher. I currently host and accompany singers in a variety of styles including pop, R&B, and musical theater at a very popular open mic night called "Singer Spotlight" (Mondays and Thurdays) at The Duplex (a Cabaret and Piano Bar in Manhattan). I was awarded a Bistro Award and nominated for a Mac Award for excellence in Piano Bar Entertainment. The singers include Broadway performers, locals and international tourists.
I have accompanied many performers in my career, some of them have been of Broadway fame. The most prestigious people I have accompanied have been Broadway legend Norm Lewis in concert at the Kennedy Center; Adam Pascal for a Benefit Gala at the Caramoor; a teen chorale who sang with Kristin Chenoweth at the Lunt-Fontanne; and a teen chorale who sang with Patti LuPone and Sutton Foster at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
I am also a Musical Director for local, regional and touring productions. My most recent production that I music directed was "Oklahoma!" at Denver Center for the Performing Arts (director Chris Coleman). This was especially ground-breaking because it was an all African American version of the show and garnered a lot of national attention. The production won many awards including the Henry Award for Outstanding Musical.
Last but not least, I am a Teacher in Arts Education. As the Musical Supervisor of the Performing Arts school at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, where we have a thriving fully accredited program offering instruction and performance opportunities, one of the most satisfying parts of my career is always finding new ways to encourage and cultivate interest in the arts in young people. We have had the opportunity to appear with recording stars like Vanessa Williams and Abba and Broadway stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, and Sutton Foster (referenced above). In 2016 our program from MPAC was invited to bring select students to Washington D.C. to participate in Michelle Obama's Broadway At The White House.
I have also taught internationally in my career. In 2018, I went to Rome to be a master teacher and judge for "Coppa Italia", a televised music competition. During my stay, I learned that Italy held a similar passion for the arts! I did an Italian television interview about the experience which aired in 2019.
Along with the airing of the television competition, 2019 held many surprises and successes for me. One of the highlights of my year was making my Carnegie Hall debut accompanying tenor Christian Gibbs. I also helped design "Faces Of Black History", a musical and educational touring performance, underwritten by McDonald's Corporation. "Take A Stand" is a song I composed for the show, which was performed at various schools and universities.
One last side project that I wanted to mention is that I work with an array of dynamic singers including Broadway names from shows like "Hamilton" and "Waitress" to provide entertainment for parties and corporate events. I am able to custom tailor the entertainment for a variety of needs and venues; from private parties, weddings and cocktail hours to major fundraisers. I hope you have found it interesting getting to know a little about me. If you would like any more information about myself or my services, please feel free to contact me.