Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and First United Methodist Church have teamed up to sponsor performances by Piatigorsky Foundation cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling.

Though not necessarily a household name, the foundation's mission is to make classical music appealing and approachable to people of all walks of life through its educational and interactive performances. Its success in engaging its audiences lies in its flamboyant and inviting concerts that catch the eye and ear of young and old alike.

The foundation was established by Drachman as a tribute to his grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky, who considered music an equal opportunity art form.

"Music makes life better," Piatigorsky is quoting as having said. "Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.”

Drachman has achieved distinction in his musical career through his warm and inviting performances. A successful recording artist, Drachman appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals and chamber music productions that span the globe.

Dowling has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young pianist.” He is a regular on the recital and concert circuit and can count Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, both in New York City, as among the venues graced by his talents. He, too, has been a worldwide performer with his own impressive recording background.

Stephenville is one of several fortunate rural cities to be visited by the duo who will present their program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Stephenville. The event is free to the public. A meet and greet will follow.

"We are so pleased to have these highly acclaimed artists visit us," CTFAC Executive Director Julie Crouch said. "The foundation always sends top notch people, but it is especially delightful to have Evan Drachman, who established the foundation in honor of his grandfather, here. And Richard Dowling is such a gifted pianist. We are truly fortunate to have an opportunity to not only experience their music, but to be educated by them as well."