News Release

For immediate release - January 28, 2014

The Piatigorsky Foundation Concert

The Piatigorsky Foundation Concert will be returning to Mount Dora on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m. with Janis Potter, marimba artist at the W. T. Bland Public Library. No tickets will be needed. This is a free concert underwritten by the Mount Dora Library Association.

Janis Potter, one of America’s most in-demand solo marimba artists, is best known for her varied repertoire and energetic style. Ms. Potter has more than 320 recitals and master-classes plus 30 concerto performances to her credit. She has performed and lectured at more than 50 major universities in nearly every state in the U. S. Ms. Potter has won awards and grants from such prestigious organizations as the Sony Corporation, The Carnegie Foundation and The Myra Hess Foundation. She served five years with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D. C. – having played percussion at the White House, the U. S. Capital. Janis received her Bachelors and Masters degree in music performance from The Juilliard School. She is currently in the dissertation process of her Doctor of Education degree from North Central University.

For over 23 years, the Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first-timers. It is this combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances, and human warmth that makes Piatigorsky Foundation concerts so appealing to diverse audiences. Last year, the Foundation  presented a tour of 8 concerts in East & Central Florida reaching over 850 people in Orlando, Juno Beach, Lakeland and Mount Dora. Likewise, this year The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across Florida to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.

Evan Drachman established the Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspirational power of classical music. He once said, “Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.” Through his sizzling artistry and charismatic personality, Piatigorsky thus enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe. The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s noble aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

Following the concert, there will be a reception and a chance for you to meet the artist.  The Piatigorsky Foundation Concert will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora, Fl.  All Library programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.



Media contact:
Stephanie Haimes
Library Director

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