By Jirair Hovsepian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
LEXINGTON, Mass. — For part of their national tour, the Armenian students ages 12 to 17 from Yerevan’s Sayat Nova School of Music performed to an enthusiastic audience of around 500 at the recently-renovated Cary Memorial Auditorium here.
The Amaras Art Alliance organized this national tour, which has taken the young artists to Washington, DC, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Boston and finally California to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Hovhanness Badalian’s birth and its own 20th anniversary.
The school has been under the leadership of Prof. Tigran Hekekyan since 2003. He received the Movses Khorenatsi Medal in 1996 and honorary title of Prominent Educator by President Serge Sargisian this year. Hekekyan has also been the founder, artistic director and principal conductor of the Little Sisters of Armenia choir and other choirs which between 1990 and 1995 won many prizes within the international arena.