On Saturday, January 12, Junction and area residents will again be treated to hearing two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists perform, thanks to the generous support by the Junction Texas Tourism Board and Kimble County Library. The concert is open to the public and free and will be held in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.
The program will feature masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Evan Drachman on cello and Efi Hackmey, piano. It is a special honor this year to host Drachman, who established the Piatigorsky Foundation in honor of his grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky.
For over 23 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach here 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 West Texas consisting of eight concerts that reached over 530 people in Snyder, Fort Stockton, Midland and Junction. Likewise, this year, The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across West Texas to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.
Cellist Evan Drachman has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.
Pianist Efi Hackmey performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent performances have included solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, as well as the Chopin F minor concerto with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. A native of Israel, he has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Jerusalem Music Center, and in special concerts presented by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. He performed many additional concerts in Israel and Germany, and in Alabama, California, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.
Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspirational 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”. The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s noble aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.
A reception following the performance will allow audience members to meet the artists. For more information, contact Martha Richardson (325) 475-2271.