By Jirair Hovsepian
WATERTOWN, Mass. — The delightful and talented Alla Levonyan, the pop and folk singer from Armenia, who has won numerous international recognitions and awards, came to Boston for her first live concert here in the Bay State. The packed house event at the Watertown High School, on November 22, was sponsored by the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston.
There was no formal program to follow the order of the songs and activities — the reason: to please the audience and capture their mood. Her singing was mellow and yet dramatic with soft and fluid tones that captivated the audience.
During the first half of the show, Levonyan wore a pink and red gown. She moved on the stage, drawing the attention of the audience and connecting with them.
The young members of the Abaka School of Armenian Dance shared the stage with her by performing “Vartavari Sharan.” The first half of the evening ended with Levonyan dancing in an impromptu dance to the tune of Ari Siroun, Kna Siroun with the director and choreographer of the Sayat Nova Dance Company, Apo Ashjian.
Following the intermission, Levonyan came on stage dressed in black.
During the second half of the show, the older Abaka dancers performed “Angakh Hayastan,” followed by the female dancers of Sayat Nova performing “Yaman Yar” in synchronous, graceful and disciplined movements.