ARMENIA'S ARK OF MUSIC - Part One: The Heritage

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

ARMENIA’S ARK OF MUSIC - Part One: THE HERITAGE A Two-Part Celebration presented over two seasons, Threading ancient sounds of penetrating beauty, with living compositions.

BASS-BARITONE: Vartan Gabrielian SOPRANO: Anush Avetisyan with VIOLIN: Jonathan Moser

CELLO: Michal Schmidt

PIANO: Rollin Wilber PIANO: Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski ________________

MUSIC: SONGS by Armenian composers for solo voices and duet: Gabriel Yeranian, Robert Ataian, Ashough Chivani Gregory’s Lantern by Shahan Berberian ARIA: Mosi and Anush (from the opera Anush, by Armen Tigranian) Alexander Arutiunian: Impromptu for cello and piano Alan Hovhaness: Saris for violin and piano Arno Babajanian: Prelude; Capriccio; Elegy for piano Komitas: Dances for piano (Yerangi, Shushiki); Songs for voice, and for piano trio Aram Khachaturian: Berceuse for piano trio Petros Shoujounian: Do-Lao for piano trio (a world premier specially composed for this occasion) ~ ~

Ancient Armenian cultural heritage offers us some of the world’s most beautiful classical music. In this first concert of a two-part exploration, we play works by composers who grew up within this unique heritage, and went on to develop distinct musical voices. Along the way, we dip into the pure source of modern Armenian classical music, with deeply expressive music by the prolific Alan Hovhaness, and the remarkable Komitas, referred to as the savior of Armenian folk music.

Our performance opens a door to this little-known world of musical gems. It begins a journey to experience this treasure up close, culminating in next season’s ARMENIA’S ARK OF MUSIC – Part 2: The SOURCE with ensemble, voices, and original arrangements of Komitas. TWO PERFORMANCES ~ ~ TWO LOCATIONS

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