The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 28, 2012

Local church to host classical concert Sunday

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The Piatigorsky Foundation will present a special classical music concert featuring New York cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling at 3 p.m. Sunday at Brushy Creek United Methodist Church.

Last season, the foundation presented a tour of eight concerts in East Texas reaching more than 1,100 people in Houston, Palestine Crockett and Eastland.

The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across the East Texas region to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.

“We are so excited to have the Piatigorsky Foundation bring this wonderful opportunity to this area once again,” Brushy Creek UMC church member Lois LaRoe said previously. “This is a very unique chance for people in this area to hear music of this caliber.”

Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. The organization is named for  Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. In 1999, he recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist and fellow Piatigorsky musician Dowling.

Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007.

This summer, Drachman and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion recorded works including Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano. This new CD will be released in December.

Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras.

In the United States, he has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS television program “Debut,” and heard on the NPR radio program “Performance Today.” Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

Dowling is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music.

Following the one-hour concert, guests are invited stay to meet the artists. For more information, contact Lois LaRoe at 903-549-2809.

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