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Music Event! The 2019 Piatigorsky Concert

Event Type: Adults
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 12/9/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Internationally renowned performers Evan Drachman, cellist, and Wan-Chi Su, pianist, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration.

Evan Drachman, cellist

Drachman is founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation. Its mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Drachmanís grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerts and chamber music in the United States and abroad. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich.

In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sunís Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: ďDrachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.Ē Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004, and Romance and Revelation in 2007. In 2012, Drachman released Full Circle with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion.

Wan-Chi Su, pianist

Wan-Chi Su has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. She has performed at major venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Taiwan National Concert Hall. Recently, Su served as a guest artist with Symphony in C, in New Jersey, for their Virtuosi series, and presented a solo recital for the Sunday at Three series in Maryland. In duo with cellist Ismar Gomes, Su has extensively toured the eastern United States, presenting multiple concerts in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. This has included the Harbor Front concert series, Encore concert series, Youngstown State University, Loyola University, Old Town Hall, the Odean Chamber Music series, the Barns of Rose Hill, and other notable venues. Su is sought after for collaborations with venerated musicians, which have included members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Michael Kannen, Joe Burgstaller, Seth Knopp, and others.

Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Su began piano lessons at age four. She earned a bachelorís degree in piano, minoring in French horn, at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan, followed by a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory. Su is currently a doctoral candidate at Peabody. She has received the instituteís Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying twice, the Ranney Prize in Chamber Music, the Gutman Memorial Prize in Piano, and several named scholarships.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.

Library: East Bank Regional Library    Map
Location: Jefferson & Napoleon Rooms
Contact: Chris Smith
Contact Number: 504-889-8143
Presenter: Chris Smith