Piatigorsky Foundation concert at WVC Nov. 6

Nov. 5, 2019

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 Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center (MAC). The concert features soprano Jessica Rivera and pianist Molly Morkoski.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited to 150.  This event continues to be sponsored by the Wilf Woods Family.

Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera has appeared in concert halls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and Santa Fe. Recent orchestral highlights include Gabriela Lena Frank’s La Centinela y la Paloma with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra led by Federico Cortese and Mozart’s Requiem with the Louisville Orchestra. As a recording artist, Rivera’s discography includes releases on the Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Naxos, Telarc, Urtext, VIA Records, Opus Arte, CSO Resound and ASO Media labels. Her third release for Urtext, an homage to Victoria de los Angeles, is due for release in 2020.

Pianist Molly Morkoski made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2007, and has been presented in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theatre, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, St. Louis’ Powell Symphony Hall and Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Institution and Los Angeles’ Herbert Zipper Concert Hall. Internationally she has been heard in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket (Denmark), Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France), Suntory Hall (Japan), Teatro Nacional (Santo Domingo) and the United States Embassies in Nice and Paris. Morkoski has also appeared at the Aspen, Bang on a Can, Big Sky, Mendocino, Norfolk Chamber Music, Pacific Rim and Tanglewood festivals. An avid chamber musician, Molly Morkoski collaborates with many of today’s leading musicians, and has performed with the Chiara, Lark and Momenta string quartets and ensembles drawn from the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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.