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Piatigorksy Concert



Classical Guitarist to Perform in Junction, February 10, 2024

 Piatigorsky artist, Jack Sanders, will perform a solo concert February 10, at the 1st Baptist Church, in Junction, TX. The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. A reception will be held following the concert. Sanders, a classical guitarist has been a Piatigorsky Foundation artist since 2005. He performed in Junction in 2011, which was the first year a Piatigorsky performance was held in Junction. Honored in 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Guitar Society, Jack Sanders’ performances have included The Sitka, Kapalua, and Arrowhead Bach Festival and he has appeared with the St. Petersburg, Colorado, and Angeles String Quartets.

 His duo with violinist Clayton Haslop appeared at two Guitar Foundation of America Festivals, Merkin Hall in New York, the Oregon Bach Festival and in concerts from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine. The Haslop/Sanders Duo toured for the California Arts Council, and in 1988 they toured China including the Shanghai Conservatory, where Mr. Sanders was the first U.S. guitarist to appear after the Cultural Revolution. The Duo recorded for Centaur and Townhall.  His solo recording Just Preludes, released by Townhall Records, features the preludes of PonceVilla-Lobos and Carlevaro

 Sanders, along with oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton, has appeared at the International Music Festival of Costa Rica and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival.  He has given first performances of the concerto, Las Folios D’Espana, by Louis Moyse, Music in 4 Sharps by Ian Krouse, and the U.S. premiere of Raymond Luedeke’s Elemental Dances with the Colorado String Quartet.  A recent recording of Concords with flutist Rachel Rudich was recently released on Bridge Records. 


A faculty member of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University from 1980-2022, Sanders has had numerous students win prizes in competitions including the GFA, Parkening, Tokyo, Indiana International, ASTA, YoungArts and Spotlight Awards. 


An accomplished luthier, Sanders builds modern guitars, vihuelas, baroque guitars and 19th Century instruments.  His instruments are owned by the San Francisco Conservatory, Yale University, UCLA, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Northridge and Columbus State University. Mr. Sanders received his degrees from California Institute of the Arts studying there with Stuart Fox. As a three-time full scholarship recipient to the Banff Center of Fine Arts, Sanders studied there with Oscar Ghiglia. 


For over 32 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 West Texas consisting of 6 concerts that reached over 465 people in New Braunfels, Mason, Brady, San Angelo, Marfa and Junction.  Likewise, this year The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across West Texas to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.

 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 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.”  The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

 Please stay for the reception, following the concert, in order to meet Mr. Sanders, and enjoy refreshments provided by the First Baptist Church youth. For more information or questions contact Martha Richardson at 830-459-7365.