Igor Begelman, a clarinetist who has performed solos with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The free concert is part of the library’s annual Piatigorsky Concert.
Begelman is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has been honored with a long list of top prizes, including those at the Geneva International, Koussevitsky, Munich International and Carl Nielsen International Clarinet competitions, as well as the Crane New Music Competition. He is an avid proponent of new music and has premiered compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Anton Kuerti, Alex Krasotov, Meyer Kupferman, Elliot Schwartz and Ralph Shapey.
Begelman has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and I Musici de Montreal. His recital appearances have included engagements throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Israel, as well as distinguished venues such as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y.
Begelman has given master classes throughout the United States. He teaches at Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence College.
Raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Begelman received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky, who 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.
MAKE RIBBON BOOKS: The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association will make ribbon books at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The guild meets monthly to explore and share calligraphic techniques. Participants must provide their own supplies. Space is limited. Registration is required; attendees should go to www.neworleanscalligraphy.org. A member of New Orleans Lettering Arts Association will call to confirm.
DANCING IN THE AFTERNOON: The three-piece combo Memory Lane performs at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The program includes music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
FINANCIAL STRATEGIES SEMINAR: Brian D. Parker, a financial planner, will discuss estate planning, tax reduction strategies and investment asset allocation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Parker will discuss why it is necessary to have wills; living wills and powers of attorney in Louisiana; advantages and disadvantages of tax-deferred annuities; strategies pertaining to funding long-term care costs; avoiding the tax on IRAs, 401(k)s and annuities; and other financial strategies.
GREAT BOOKS: The Great Books Discussion Group at East Bank Regional Library will talk about “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The story, narrated by Turner, occurs in the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia. It’s the site of the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American slavery. The revolt was led by Turner, an educated slave who felt divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region.
MORE GREAT BOOKS: The Great Books Discussion Group at the Old Metairie Branch Library will talk about “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2751 Metairie Road, Metairie. “Agamemnon” is the first play in a trilogy of tragedies titled the “Oresteia,” which was first performed in Athens in 458 BCE at the festival of the god Dionysus. This discussion group focuses on the principles of the Great Books Foundation and the philosophy of shared inquiry.
EAT HEALTHY SEMINAR: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, kicks off a series of six sessions about the importance of good nutrition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 Esplanade Ave., Metairie. This lesson is “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies.” The food demonstration involves making “Rise and Shine Cobbler.”
WANT HEALTH AND WEALTH? “Feng Shui for Health and Wealth,” a presentation led by Tao arts practitioner Wyming Sun, will occur at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sun will discuss feng shui can help you sleep and work more efficiently.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.