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.
Through generous support from the Muriel and Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Foundation Wyoming has been lucky enough to receive two tours a year since April of 2004. During the fall and the spring, the foundation offers, through assistance of the Wyoming Arts Council, the ability to offer an “east” and “west” tour. The foundation has presented over 120 concerts and master classes in Wyoming in over 50 communities underserved by the arts.
This tour features mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner. Katherine Calcamuggio Donner is an award-winning mezzo-soprano. Calcamuggio Donner has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Well Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Ms. Calcamuggio has received top prizes in the American Opera Society, Pal Beach Opera, Bel Canto and Shreveport Singer of the Year competitions; and has awards from the Chicago Women’s Musician’s Club and the Anna Sosenko Trust. She is a former participant in young artists’ programs at Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals.
Katherine will be accompanied by pianist, Lisa Lewis. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Louisville, with a Bachelor and Master’s in Organ Performance. She studied organ with Melvin Dickinson (University of Louisville), Roberta Gary (University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music), and piano with Doris Keyes (University of Louisville). Ms. Lewis is a frequent recitalist in the Louisville area, playing harpsichord, organ and piano.
She has played organ recitals on the historic Schnitger organ in Stade, Germany and the Clicquot organ in Souvigny, France. Ms. Lewis is Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Anchorage, Kentucky, a post she has held since 1984. A new organ built by Martin Pasi, Roy, Washington was installed in May 2013. She is also Artistic Director of St. Luke’s Music Series. Lisa is a staff accompanist at the University of Louisville School of Music, playing for the vocal studios.