Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana
Building One, City Park Campus, Room 316W (the “band room”)
Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Igor Begelman, clarinet, and Anna Khanina, piano.
For over 25 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 10 concerts in South Louisiana reaching over 460 people in New Orleans, Lafayette, 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.
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”. Through his sizzling artistry and charismatic personality, Piatigorsky thus enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe. The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s noble aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.
Exhilarating virtuosity and imagination that compliment his “gracious sense of style and excellent musical personality” have become trademarks for clarinetist IGOR BEGELMAN. Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the award given to outstanding American artists, he has performed recitals in the United States, Europe, Japan and Israel and as a soloist with such orchestras as the Houston, Savannah and New Haven Symphonies, Boston Classical Orchestra, as well as the Odense Simfoniker and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Equally accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Begelman has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals throughout the world including Marlboro, Caramoor, Moab, Tanglewood and Schleswig-Holstein. He is Professor of Clarinet at the North Carolina School of the Arts and also teaches at Brooklyn and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. In addition to being part of The Piatigorsky Foundation roster, Igor Begelman is also affiliated with Astral Artistic Services, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding the careers of America's most exceptional musicians.
ANNA KHANINA, pianist, has been praised for her “brilliant technique, musicality, and irreproachable taste.” (Ibbenbuehrener Zeitung). Ms. Khanina enjoys a successful performing career, regularly appearing as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in Europe, United States, Canada, and Israel. She has performed at such venues as 92 Y Kaufman Hall, Symphony Space, Trinity Church, Yamaha Piano Salon in New York, to name a few. Her concerts were broadcast live on WFMT Chicago (2007, 2010), The Voice of Music radio from Jerusalem Music Centre (2008), and McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase WQXR New York (2011). Anna Khanina’s long list of awards include prizes at Val Tidone International Piano Competition, the Second International Piano Competition in Panama, and the Seventh International Competition Ciutat de Carlet. In 2014, Ms. Khanina graduated from the Doctoral of Musical Arts Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was a full-scholarship student of Gilbert Kalish.
Canzonetta Gabriel Pierné
Dance Preludes Witold Lutoslawsky
Sonata Francis Poulenc
Grand Duo Concertant Weber
Suite from Porgy and Bess George Gershwin