Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Musical Armenia event in NYC

MUSICAL ARMENIA ON FRIDAY, MARCH 30

The Prelacy’s 2012 Musical Armenia concert—the 29th in the series—will take place Friday March 30, at 8 pm, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. For the first time in the series, the concert is taking place on Friday evening, rather than the customary Sunday afternoon. Responding to requests by loyal concertgoers, the program is scheduled for Friday evening, providing those working in New York the opportunity to attend the concert before returning home, and an opportunity for out-of-towners to plan on a weekend visit to New York City, attending Musical Armenia and then partaking in the many varied cultural events in the City.

The featured artists this year are cellist Marta Bagratuni and pianist Hayk Arsenyan. Marta Bagratuni (daughter of the renowned cellist Suren Bagratuni) gave her first performance at the age of five, her international debut at eight, orchestral and recital debuts at the age of twelve. Since then she has become a versatile artist as a recitalist across five continents, performing a diverse repertoire of solo, chamber and orchestral works. She has appeared as soloist with the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Civic Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and several orchestras across the Midwest. In 2010, Ms. Bagratuni graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in cello and voice performance. She made her operatic debut in September 2011, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bagratuni will include in her program works of Vahe Sharafyan and Adam Khudoyan.

Pianist-composer Hayk Arsenyan, a native of Armenia, is a laureate of international piano and composition competitions. He made his orchestral debut at the age of seventeen with Radio France Symphony and was awarded a platinum medal by the city of Paris. He has appeared in recitals in the United States, Armenia, Russia, France, and other countries of Europe, and the Middle East. In 2007, Mr. Arsenyan received the Professional Studies Performance Certificate from The Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Masters Degree from the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. At present, Mr. Arsenyan is on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His program for Musical Armenia will feature “Visionary Landscapes,” by Alan Hovhaness.

Tickets for the concert ($25) are available at the Carnegie Hall box office or through the Prelacy office, 212-689-7810, or by email at sophie@armenianprelacy.org.

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