Newton Symphony Concert to Feature Music of Hovhaness, Khachaturian


Joe Scheer
Dan Davis

NEWTON, Mass. — The Newton Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will present a concert on Sunday November 14, titled “The Mystic Beauty of Armenian Music,” which will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Alan Hovhaness.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the former Rashi Auditorium, 15 Walnut Park, Newton Corner, on the grounds of the Andover Newton Theological School.

The program features Joseph Scheer, concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. The concert opens with the beautiful Prayer of Saint Gregory by Alan Hovhaness, played by the NSO’s principal trumpeter, Daniel Davis. Next comes Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain. The second part of the concert will open with Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite and close with the Violin Concerto.

There is a free pre-concert lecture by musicologist Steven Ledbetter. After the concert the audience is invited to join the soloist, orchestra members and conductor for refreshments.

For more information on the program and for tickets visit

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