By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON — Two talented Armenian musical talents — pianist Armen Babakhanian and conductor Aram Demirjian — took center stage recently at the 59th annual Armenian Night at the Pops held at Symphony Hall.
The Friends of Armenian Culture Society (FACS), as in previous decades, is again to be congratulated for encouraging the musical arts through Armenian talent and bringing it in high style to be shared with the greater Boston community.
The evening’s programming was a curious mélange of live, largely popular music and three intermittent diverse videos played on a large screen. Keith Lockhart conducted most of the musical pieces, and warmly welcomed the Armenian community and audience to this special 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Boston Pops. Lockhart, the Boston Pops’ 20th conductor, described the history of the Boston Pops and shared that Arthur Fiedler was the 18th Pops Conductor as well as its first American-born conductor. A video tribute accompanied by the Pops, presented in memory of Fiedler’s 50 years with the Pops, delighted the audience with such reminiscences as the late conductor wearing a fire hat and enthusiastically conducting at the Esplanade’s Hatch Shell in Boston.
Guest conductor Demirjian, in his 20s, impressed the audience when he very capably conducted Bernstein’s Overture to Candide.