Wyoming Arts Council

Violinist and actor/comedian team up for spring Piatigorsky Tour of Wyoming


LInda Rosenthal

Bill blush

Bill Blush

For the tenth consecutive year, the Muriel & Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Trust in Sheridan is funding The Piatigorsky Foundation’s tour of Wyoming. In an effort to serve more communities, two tours have been planned for the state this year. The spring tour, beginning in Sheridan on April 8 and concluding on April 14 in Pine Bluffs, will include public concerts and school outreach programs. The Wyoming Arts Council has served as the facilitator with each of the communities throughout the state.

The spring performance teams up a violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor/comedian Bill Blush for Strings & Stories. Commissioned in 1995 by the Education Department at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Strings & Stories continues to delight audiences of all ages.  Initially created as a children’s concert, Strings & Stories offers a great variety of styles and sounds ranging from classical short stories, insightful letters and prose by Leonard Bernstein and Beethoven to the music of Bach, Paganini and Fritz Kreisler.

Violinist Linda Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician.  She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual nationally-acclaimed Juneau Jazz & Classics music festival in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home, as well as being the Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar.  Linda has commissioned and premiered over a dozen works in the past decade, including pieces for solo violin, violin and narrator, and a concerto for violin and jazz big band.  She has recorded five solo CDs and plays on a violin made in 1772 in Turin, Italy by J.B. Guadagnini.

Actor Bill Blush, a native of Los Angeles, has performed Strings & Stories with Linda Rosenthal throughout the United States for over ten years.  He has long been involved in all aspects of the theater with emphasis on acting, writing and directing.  As an actor, Bill has played just about everything from classic characters to more original roles including…The Kitchen Sink.  His works as a playwright are This Above All, About What?, Darn You Kenny!, Ziggy’s Right and, most recently, A Bad Idea.  Bill’s love for humor has inspired him to develop and direct several improvisational theater troupes and to venture into the arena of stand-up comedy where he has performed at The Laugh Factory, The Improv and The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

For more information, contact Michael Lange at the WAC, 307-777-7723or Michael.Lange@wyo.gov.

Here is the schedule for the spring 2013 Wyoming Piatigorsky Tour:

Monday, April 8: Sheridan
VA Medical Center
Internal show, not open to the public

Tuesday, April 9: Buffalo
Buffalo High School
29891 Old Highway 87
Buffalo, WY 82834
307-851-9115, gmoline@jcsd1.us, Garth Moline

Wednesday, April 10: Rozet
Rozet Elementary School
14051 Hwy 51, Rozet, WY 82727
307-682-3133, soakley@ccsd.k12.wy.us, Steve Oakley

Thursday, April 11: Wright
Cottonwood Elementary
330 Wright Blvd.
Wright, WY 82732
Contact: 307-464-0584, dfrench@ccsd.k12.wy.us, Deb French

Friday, April 12: Hanna
300 2nd St.
Hanna, WY 82327
Contact: 307-325-6523, mshipp@crb2.k12.wy.us, Mark Shipp

Friday, April 12: Rock River
262 N. Morris
Rock River, WY 82083
Contact: 307-721-4265, Rleathers@acsd1.org,  Ron Leathers

Saturday, April 13: Guernsey
United Presbyterian Church
310 South Wyoming Avenue-Guernsey WY, 82214
Contact: 307-331-0968, Gail Heimbuck

Sunday, April 14: Pine Bluffs
607 Elm Street
Pine Bluffs Historic High School Little Theatre
Contact: 307-630-5320, chillybean@aol.com, Jeannie Hockersmith,

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