Classical Music Performance/Lecture/Demonstration
for Houston County Students
CROCKETT—The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association is presenting a free classical music performance with lecture and demonstrations to students of Houston County schools on Dec. 7 as part of its continual arts educations programs. The concert will feature cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling of the Piatigorsky Foundation. There will be no charge to the schools, this program is funded by contributions from PWFAA members, a grant from Kinder Morgan and presented by the Piatigorsky Foundation of New York.
The Piatigorsky Foundation brings classical music concerts with world-class musicians to the public through non-traditional venues. Their artists play to a wide variety of audiences. These include but are not limited to, school-age children, senior- citizens, the economically disadvantaged, as well as, people in rural areas. This allows people that would not normally have the chance, the experience of a live, classical music concert!
According to their website, “The Piatigorsky Foundation is dedicated to making live classical music an integral part of everyday life for communities throughout the United States. Gregor Piatigorsky, the renowned Russian cellist for whom the organization is named, believed that music is not a luxury for an elite few, but a necessity of life for all.”
The concert will be performed by cellist Evan Drachman, the founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation and the grandson of famous Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky for whom the foundation is named. Accompanying him on the piano will be Richard Dowling, a long-time collaborator and with whom he has recorded an album. This season, Drachman will be performing concerti by Elgar and Saint-Saens, as well as recital repertoire including works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann and Saint-Saens.
The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association continually strives to bring the visual and performing arts to the children of Houston County. As a result of PWFAA’s continual dedication to arts education, it is presenting this free concert for the benefit of the Houston County schoolchildren
According to Americans for the Arts in 2002, the benefits of arts education for children include:
- Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
- Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries.
- Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.
The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association has been providing arts education programs to the children of Houston County for 22 years and with the continued support of the community, PWFAA hopes to continue this long-standing tradition. This will be the 13th year the PWFAA has partnered with the Piatigorsky Foundation.
For more information regarding PWFAA, its many programs or how you can contribute; visit their website at www.pwfaa.org.