Musicians from the Piatigorsky Foundation will perform this Thursday at 12:30 pm in CP01, 316W (band room). It will be a performance by truly world-class musicians and everyone is invited, says organizer Jesse Boyd.
THE PIATIGORSKY FOUNDATION FOCUSES ON
ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AND PUBLIC OUTREACH
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana
The program will feature masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Evan Drachman, cello and Victor Asuncion, piano
For over 26 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first-timers. It is this combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances, and human warmth that makes Piatigorsky Foundation concerts so appealing to diverse audiences. Last season, The Foundation presented a tour of eight concerts in South Louisiana reaching over 420 people in New Orleans, Metairie and Covington. Likewise, this year The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across South Louisiana to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.
Cellist EVAN DRACHMAN has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career. Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere. In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad. Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.
Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianistVICTOR SANTIAGO ASUNCION is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, fiery temperament and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in major concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and the Philippines. He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern and Bobby McFerrin. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, as well as the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. Mr. Asuncion is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park.
About The Piatigorsky Foundation: Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspiration power of classical music. He once said, “Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.” The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.