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Cellist, pianist to present recital Thursday
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Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling will present a recital at Northwestern State University Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is presented by the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State and the Piatigorsky Foundation.

Drachman is an active solo and chamber music performer. He is founder and artistic director of the Piatigorsky Foundation and he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences.

In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with Dowling. Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad.

Hailed by the New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young pianist,” Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. Dowling’s career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. He has performed in the Far East, Australia, Africa and Europe.

In 2001, Dowling released a compact disc Sweet and Low-Down containing virtually all of the solo piano works by George Gershwin on the Klavier Records label. World’s Greatest Rags, a disc of Dowling playing a collection of his favorite American ragtime piano repertoire, was released in 2004. He has also recorded two CDs of Chopin, three CDs of cello and piano works with Drachman and a three-CD set of pop songs A Perfect Moment. His most recent recording, Music of Old New York, features songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century. Dowling studied at Yale University and The University of Texas, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance.

Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply 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.” The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances. Last season, the Foundation presented a series of concerts throughout south Louisiana.

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