Wyoming Arts Council

Piatigorsky Foundation Tours

Since 1990, The Piatigorsky Foundation has presented more than 3,560 performances, introducing the joy of live classical music in communities throughout the country. Our artists play for audiences including seniors, schoolchildren, the economically disadvantaged, and those living in geographically remote areas.

The foundation differs from traditional arts organizations in that we perform in non-traditional venues and present music in a highly communicative format that is geared to each particular audience.

Piatigorsky Foundation musicians are chosen for their artistry and ability to engage audiences through lively discussion. In performances that are both entertaining and informative, the artists share anecdotes and insights into the works they will perform. The hour-long concerts take place in informal settings including retirement communities, schools, churches, synagogues, hospitals, workplaces, libraries and community centers… virtually anywhere people gather. By bringing musicians into familiar, intimate surroundings and creating a lively concert format, we make classical music accessible to a diverse and often uninitiated population.

The Piatigorsky Foundation hosts two tours in Wyoming each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Each tour makes eight different stops throughout the state. The Wyoming tour is made possible by the generous support of the Muriel & Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Trust in Sheridan.

Program goals

  • Enrich community life by bringing extraordinary musical talent to underserved audiences
  • Create a broader base for the art form by developing new audiences
  • Offer meaningful performance opportunities for established and emerging artists
  • Make live classical music an integral part of everyday life for communities across the United States

Wyoming Piatigorsky Spring 2024 Tour

The tour features cellist Evan Drachman and piano accompanist Richard Dowling. From April 10 to 15, 2024, the duo will travel throughout Wyoming, performing free public concerts and school outreach programs.

The schedule of the community performances for the tour is as follows:

Thursday, April 11, 2024 – Sinclair, WY

  •  Sinclair Parco Theatre, 7pm (free and open to the public)

Friday, April 12, 2024 – Rock Springs, WY

  • Rock Springs Junior High Auditorium, 7pm (free and open to the public)

Saturday, April 13, 2024 – Casper, WY

  • Nicolaysen Art Museum, 6pm (free and open to the public)

Sunday, April 14, 2024 – Sheridan, WY

  • Kinnison Hall at Sheridan College, 4pm (free and open to the public)
  • This concert will honor Dr. Seymour Thickman and celebrate his love of Sheridan and the arts.

The Wyoming Arts Council works in partnership with the Piatigorsky Foundation to book the tours each year. If you are a school, arts presenter, or community organizer interested in hosting a performance, please contact Amara Fehring at amara.fehring@wyo.gov.

Contact: Amara Fehring