Wyoming Arts Council

Piatigorsky Foundation soprano Erika Wueschner and pianist Richard Dowling tour Wyoming in October

For the 13th consecutive year, the Muriel & Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Trust in Sheridan is funding The Piatigorsky Foundation’s tour of Wyoming.

The fall/winter 2016 tour will include public concerts and school outreach programs. The concerts are free and open to the public. The Wyoming Arts Council serves as facilitator with each of the communities in the state.

This tour features Erika Wueschner (soprano) and Richard Dowling (piano accompanist). The schedule for the fall/winter 2016 Wyoming Piatigorsky Tour is:

  • Monday, October 24, Rock River School (school show only), Rock River, 2 PM
  • Tuesday, October 25, Hanna Elementary School, Hanna, 1 PM; Rawlins Music Academy, Rawlins, 7 PM
  • Wednesday, October 26,Broadway Theater, Rock Springs, 7 PM
  • Thursday, October 27, Mountain View High School Auditorium, Mountain View, 9:15 AM; Kemmerer High School, Kemmerer, 7 PM
  • Friday, October 28, Fremont County Library, Lander, 7 PM

Soprano Erika Wueschner and Pianist Richard Dowling (Photo credit Peter Schaaf)

Soprano Erika Wueschner is becoming increasingly well known for her performances in the lighter roles of the Wagner and Strauss repertoire. She recently debuted with the Savonlinna Festival as Elsa in LOHENGRIN under the baton of Maestro Philippe Augin, a role which she also covered for LA Opera.

A signature role for Ms. Wueschner, she also sang a concert of LOHENGRIN excerpts in Los Angeles with Maestro Domingo conducting. Equally at home singing concert and recital repertoire, Erika Wueschner has been heard on many stages, which include Carnegie Hall, Sibelius Hall in Helsinki, Théâtre des Champs Élysées.

Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras.

He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements.

Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music.

Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, and American ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

For additional information, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777- 7742 or arts@wyo.gov.

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