News Release

For immediate release - January 27, 2012

Piatigorsky Foundation Concert

The Piatigorsky Foundation will be returning to the W. T. Bland Public Library (Mount Dora) to present a concert featuring classical masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Katherine Calcamuggio, Mezzo Soprano and David Shimoni, pianist on Tuesday, February 7 at 2:00pm. This is a free concert underwritten by the Mount Dora Library Association.

Katherine Calcamuggio is an award-winning mezzo soprano whose talent distinguishes her as one of the most promising young vocalists on the opera scene today. The mezzo-soprano has received top prizes in the Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto and Shreveport Singer of the Year competitions; and has awards from the Chicago Women’s Musician’s Club and the Anna Sosenko Trust. Ms. Calcamuggio holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. Described by the American Record Guide as a pianist whose playing “was smooth as velvet,” pianist David Shimoni has performed throughout the United States as both soloist and collaborator. He has appeared at the Barns at Wolf Trap, Chicago Cultural Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Dallas Museum of Art, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Shimoni has been on the accompanying and teaching staff of The Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Evan 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.” Through his sizzling artistry and charismatic personality, Piatigorsky thus enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe. The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s noble aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

Following the concert, there will be a reception and a chance for you to meet the artists. The Piatigorsky Foundation Concert will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library located at 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. All Library programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.



Media contact:
Stephanie Haimes
Library Director

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