Piatigorsky Foundation concert at WVC Nov. 15

Media Contact:
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Ellora La Shier, foundation event coordinator, 509-682-6410

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation will host a Piatigorsky Foundation concert on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center (MAC). The concert features soprano Katharine Dain and pianist Renate Rohlfing.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited to 150. To reserve a seat, call 509-682-6410 or RSVP at wvc.edu/foundation/events. This event continues to be sponsored by the Wilf Woods Family. It is also a part of the foundation’s 2018-19 Community Appreciation Series.

American soprano Katharine Dain brings musical curiosity, finely-honed lyricism, and an individual aesthetic to engagements on both sides of the Atlantic. She has received excellent training in song and chamber music at the Ravinia Festival (Steans Fellow), Songfest (multiple residencies as a Stern Fellow), in private study with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Sir Thomas Allen, Margo Garrett, Paul Sperry, Amy Burton and Lucy Shelton, and in masterclasses with many others. Katharine is committed to educational outreach via yearly United States recital tours with the Piatigorsky Foundation. She was educated at Harvard University in Massachusetts, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Mannes College in New York. She currently makes her home in the Netherlands.

Pianist Renate Rohlfing has quickly established herself as one of her generation's most versatile and sought-after collaborative pianists. Active as a vocal accompanist, chamber music, and orchestral pianist, Rohlfing has performed with some of the world's leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams, among many others. Her performances have taken her to the most prestigious festivals and halls throughout North America, Asia and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, London's Royal Albert Hall and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Also active as a vocal coach and teacher, she has served on the faculty of Bard College and given chamber music master classes at Westminster Choir College, Ohio University, Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School pre-college division. Rohlfing is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York.

Parking for the event is free in the MAC, Wells Hall, Wells House and Fifth Street visitor parking lots. 


About The Piatigorsky Foundation: Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspiration 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.” The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

The WVC Foundation was incorporated in 1971. It exists to build relationships between the community and the college and raise financial support for Wenatchee Valley College students, programs, faculty and staff, as well as special projects such as building campaigns like the Music and Art Center. For information on how to make a gift to the foundation, establish a scholarship or include the WVC Foundation in your estate plans, contact (509) 682-6410. Visit the WVC Foundation website at wvc.edu/Foundation.