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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
             
The Piatigorsky Foundation and Noel Foundation, Inc. present a night of musical masterpiece by Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor) and Mario Alberto Hernández (piano) at artspace
                  
 For further information please contact:
Pam Atchison, SRAC Executive Director
(318) 673-6500; pam@shrevearts.org
LJ Thomas, artspace Operations Director
(318) 673-6535; lj@shrevearts.org
 
Spend an evening in an intimate and enchanting concert by two exceptional classical musicians, Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor) and Mario Alberto Hernández (piano). Sponsored by the Noel Foundation, Inc., the Piatigorsky Foundation presents a free, public concert on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at artspace.

Become inspired through musical performance and comprehensive commentaries, as Garciarroyo and Hernández perform selected masterpieces. Gain an unparalleled understanding of the classical music pieces and composers. Immediately following the performance, audience members may meet and chat with Garciarroyo and Hernández, both Piatigorsky Foundation artists. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to all ages.

The November 13 concert is a part of The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.   Last season, The Foundation presented a tour of North Louisiana, performing 8 concerts and reaching over 600 people in Shreveport, Monroe, Vidalia, and Arcadia. This season, the tour makes a stop in downtown Shreveport’s artspace art gallery.

The Piatigorsky Foundation is known for its artistic excellence and public outreach that 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. 
 
About Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor)
 
Born in Mexico, tenor RODRIGO GARCIARROYO has been involved with music and stage since he was a child.  He began singing under the teaching of Jorge González Ávila, and later studied at both the Escuela Nacional de Música and the Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City.  Between 2003 and 2006 he received the Plácido Domingo Scholarship to study at the Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano (SIVAM).  Since 2006, he has been awarded scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), the Martina Arroyo Foundation and the Olga Forrai Foundation to pursue his vocal studies in Puerto Rico, Israel and New York.  Mr. Garciarroyo has sung in the US, Europe and Asia, and in Mexico on stages all around the country.  His repertoire includes songs from around the world, opera, chamber and symphonic music.  Rodrigo made his debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes with the Compañía Nacional de Ópera as Cavalleria Rusticana’s Turiddu in 2011 under the tutelage of Maestro Niksa Bareza and made his Lincoln Center debut with the Verdi Requiem conducted by Maestro Patrick Gardner in 2009.
 
About Mario Alberto Hernández (piano)
Born in León, Guanajuato, pianist MARIO ALBERTO HERNÁNDEZ began his studies with Ma. Eugenia Arvizu and later continued with Ma. Teresa Rodríguez.  As a piano accompanist and conductor, he has performed at festivals such as the Cervantino, the Sinaloa Festival and the Ciudad de México, and with the concert opera of the orchestras Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the OFUNAM and the Sinfónica de Minería.  He studied conducting at South Mississippi University and made his debut as a conductor in 1993 with an orchestra formed by musicians of the Sinfónica del Estado de México and the Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato orchestras.  Mr. Hernández has collaborated with the OFUNAM, the Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, with the Coordinación Nacional de Música del INBA and several embassies.  Because of his pedagogical labor, he has become one of the most enthusiastic promoters of young Mexican musicians.
 
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.
 
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