By Zach Spadt
Pine Bluffs Post 

Critically acclaimed musicians to visit Pine Bluffs


Classical piano and viola is coming to Pine Bluffs.

With the help of the Wyoming Arts Council and Piatigorsky Foundation, viola soloist Marcus Thompson and pianist Doris Stevenson will be in Pine Bluffs May 23.

According to a press release the Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to “artistic excellence and public outreach” and has “fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first-timers.”

Pine Bluffs Resident Jeannie Hockersmith is helping to organize the event. She said she has supported bringing in internationally acclaimed talent to Pine Bluffs for years.

Hockersmith said the Wyoming Arts Council requested a venue for the concert in Pine Bluffs.

“We are able to bring accomplished musicians to Wyoming and rural areas,” Hockersmith said.

She added that seeing a critically-acclaimed classical musician is anomaly for rural Wyoming

There will be two concerts at the Historical High School Little Theater. One that afternoon for local students and one in the evening.

“We're happy they're able to come out here and provide this quality of music performance to our community,” Hockersmith said. “I hope everyone comes out.”

The musicians:

Marcus Thompson: According to the press release, Thompson has appeared as a viola soloist, recitalist and chamber music player in series throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East. He has been featured as a soloist with the Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Czech symphony orchestras. Thompson is in his sixth season as the artistic director for the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Doris Stevenson: Stevenson has won praise from critics ans the public alike for solo and collaborative performances. The pianist has played at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Stevenson is also a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska.


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