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Classical music returns to Trinity Piatigorsky Foundation plans April 22 concert

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TRINITY – Classical music will reverberate through the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 22, when two Piatigorsky Foundation performers present a concert. Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling will be returning to Trinity for the concert which will begin at 7 p.m. Drachman and Dowling are just two of the artists who tour for The Piatigorsky Foundation each year to bring classical music to smaller communities which might not otherwise have access to such music. There is no charge to attend the performance, although donations would be appreciated. Drachman is known for combining artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career. He is increasingly sought after for his solo and chamber music performances. In addition, as founder and artistic director of the Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the must respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences. In 1999 Drachman released his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with Dowling. He also has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. He also has performed a number of times in Trinity and other East Texas communities. A native of Boston, Drachman has studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has spent his summers performing at musical festivals in the U.S. and abroad. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and son. Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young pianist, Dowling appears regularly across the U.S. in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. Among his career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. Dowling has performed in the Far East, Australia, Africa and Europe. He also has performed in Trinity and throughout East Texas in the past. In 2001 Dowling released a CD entitled Sweet and Low-Down containing virtually all the solo piano works by George Gershwin on the Klavier Records label. He has also recorded two CDs of popular piano works by Chopin for Piano Productions Recordings and two CDs of cello and piano works with his duet partner, Drachman. Klavier Records also has just released World’s Greatest Rags, a disc of Dowling playing a collection of his favorite American ragtime piano repertoire. Dowling has studied at Yale University and The University of Texas, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performances. The Piatigorsky Foundation was established in 1990 by Drachman in honor of his grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky believed in the healing power and inspirational power of classical music. He once said, “Music makes life better. Music is necessary. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.”


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