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Classical music concert slated April 10
Trinity Standard - April 2008

TRINITY -- Designed to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music, The Piatigorsky Foundation will once again bring its concert tour to Trinity on Thursday, April 10.
Hosted by the First United Methodist Church, the program featuring clarinetist Igor Begelman and pianist Tatiana Goncharova is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Trinity performance also is being sponsored by First Community Bank of Trinity.
For over 17 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first times. It is the combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances and human warmth that make its concerts appealing to diverse audiences.
Last year, the foundation presented a tour in the East Texas area reaching over 1,095 people in Houston, Eastland, Crockett and Trinity.
This year the Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across the East Texas region to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music.
Exhilarating virtuosity and imagination that complement his “gracious sense of style and excellent musical personality” have become trademarks for Begelman, one of the two Piatigorsky artists featured this year.
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the award given to outstanding American artists, he has performed recitals in the U.S., 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 law Suisse Romande.
Especially accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, 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.
Begelman 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, he also is affiliated with Astral Artistic Services, a Philadelphia non-profit organization dedicated to guiding the careers of America’s most exceptional musicians.
An inspiring soloist and ensemble partner, Russian-born Goncharova has performed throughout the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia.
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “exceptional musicianship,” Goncharova has appeared with various programs and ensembles at such noted venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kravis Center, Ravinia, Caramoor and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.
Her collaborations with violinist Pinchas Zukerman have included a 2003 Tokyo appearance for the Empress of Japan. Her performances have been broadcast in Japan and France; in New York on WNYC and WQXR; and on PBS and NPR.
Accolades include honors at the Olga Koussevitzky Piano Competition, Bergin Philharmonic Concerto, Moscow Conservatory Concerto and Byelorussian National Competitions.
Goncharova also is on the faculty of Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artists Program in Canada and the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Zukerman Performance Program.
The Piatigorsky Foundation was established by Evan Drachman in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, the renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
Piatigorsky deeply believed in the inspiration and healing 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 artistry and charismatic personality, Piatigorsky enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe. The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on his noble aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.


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