Tahlequah Daily Press

January 21, 2014

Piatigorsky Foundation artists to perform at Go Ye Village


TAHLEQUAH — A program featuring classical masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists – Linda Rosenthal, violin, and Maxim Pakhomov, piano – is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at Go Ye Village.

For over 23 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 year, the Foundation presented a tour of Oklahoma consisting of eight concerts that reached over 560 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Bartlesville and Tahlequah. This year, the Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across Oklahoma to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.

Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist, with orchestra and as a chamber musician. She is founder and artistic director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, an annual festival that features world-renowned classical, jazz and blues musicians each May. She is also founder and artistic director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar in New York and professor of music at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home.

Rosenthal tours Strings & Stories, a show for young audiences that she created and premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1995. Over the past decade, Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen works, including pieces for solo violin, electric violin and violin and narrator. Her four solo CDs include “Three American Sonatas,” featuring the work “Copland, Piston and Porter”; “Favorite Violin Encores”; “Fiddle de Bop,” a collection of Americana music for violin and piano; and “Glacier Blue, A Concerto for Violin and Jazz Big Band.” Rosenthal plays on a violin made in Turin, Italy in 1772 by J.B. Guadagnini.

Pakhomov has toured England, Scotland, Austria and Estonia in both solo and chamber music performances. He is a founding member of the Bronx Chamber Players and is principal pianist of the Bronx Opera Company. His solo performances include piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Grieg with the Orchestra of the Bronx, the Orchestra of The Barge Music Festival, and the Staten Island Philharmonic. Pakhomov is a graduate of The Moscow Conservatory.

Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky, who 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 artistry and personality, Piatigorsky enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe.

The Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.