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.

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 Taylor Craig at taylor.craig@wyo.gov.

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 2020 Tour

The Piatigorsky Foundation has made the decision to cancel all remaining tours of the 2019-2020 season in order to comply with social distancing recommendations due to COVID-19. This includes the tour of Wyoming originally scheduled to take place April 21-27 and feature pianist Richard Dowling. The Wyoming Arts Council in partnership with The Piatigorsky Foundation will work together to reschedule the events for the fall.

Contact: Taylor Craig