Wyoming Arts Council

Piatigorsky "mini-tour" features solo guitarist

Guitarist Jack Sanders will perform five concerts at northern Wyoming venues as part of a Piatigorsky Foundation “mini-tour” during the final week of October.

A solo guitarist, chamber musician and teacher, Sanders has performed both nationally and internationally. His performances have included the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Kapalua Music Festival of Hawaii, Arrowhead Bach Festival and solo appearances with numerous orchestras, including the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe, Modesto Symphony, Orange County Chamber Orchestra and South Coast Symphony. Recently, he was featured as a soloist with The California Philharmonic.

An accomplished luthier, Sanders builds classical and flamenco guitars, as well as historic reproductions of vihuelas, baroque guitars and 19th Century instruments. A faculty member of Pomona College, he has taught guitar-building courses at the California Institute of the Arts and Pomona College.

The Muriel and Dr. Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Foundation in Sheridan underwrites the Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in Wyoming. This is the fifth year the Thickman Foundation has made it possible for Piatigorsky Artists to perform in Wyoming communities and schools.
The Piatigorsky Foundation is a national arts services organization whose mission is to bring live classical music to individuals who do not have the geographical access or financial means to attend major concerts in larger cities.

Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who deeply believed in the healing and inspirational power of classical music.

The upcoming Wyoming concerts featuring the talents of Sanders are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Dubois, Headwaters Arts and Conference Center, 20 Stalnaker Street; call 307-455-2687
  • Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Lander, Trinity Episcopal Church, 860 South 3rd Street; call 307-332-8253
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Greybull, First Presbyterian Church, 433 First Avenue South; call 307-765-2208
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 9:20 a.m., Sheridan High School, 1056 Long Drive; call 307-672-2495, ext. 1112
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street; call 307-672-2240.

All performances except the Sheridan High School concert are free and open to the public.

FMI: Rita Basom, WAC, 307-777-7743.

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