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Released: 01/16/2004

<p> As part of the Piatigorsky Foundation’s “Performances without Boundaries” series, American pianist Richard Dowling will perform at LSU Alexandria on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. This event is free and open to the public. </p> <p> Dowling’s one-hour performance is combined with comprehensive commentaries about the pieces and composers. He will perform pieces by Maurice Ravel, Frederic Chopin and Earl Wild. </p> <p>Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. Internationally, he has performed in Europe, Asia and South Africa. Since winning first prize in the 1992 New Orleans International Piano Competition and the 1987 Shreveport Symphony/Wideman Piano Concerto Competition, Dowling has performed countless times throughout the state of Louisiana. </p> <p>Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, also in New York. In 2001, Dowling released a compact disc entitled Sweet and Low-Down containing virtually all solo piano works by George Gershwin on the Klavier Records label. Soon to be released is World’s Greatest Rags, a collection of Dowling’s favorite American ragtime piano repertoire. </p> <p>The Piatigorsky Foundation is celebrating its thirteenth year of classical music outreach. “We try to reach those who would not otherwise have a chance to hear live classical music,” says cellist Evan Drachman, artistic director and founder of the Foundation and grandson of the world-famous cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. The Piatigorsky Foundation fulfills the aspiration of Drachman’s grandfather who believed that classical music has no geographical or social boundaries. </p> <p>For more information about the concert, please contact Melissa LaBorde at (318) 473-6472.