By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON — The 60th annual Armenian Night at the Pops featured world-renowned soprano Hasmik Papian, who did not disappoint.
The Friends of Armenian Culture Society, Inc. (FACS) is the sponsor of this annual event, one of the most anticipated Armenian cultural events in the Greater Boston community. This year, more than 450 tickets were purchased through FACS; during program intermissions, guests were seen greeting each other with warm embraces and sharing their thoughts on the unique program.
Held in the majestic ambiance of Boston’s Symphony Hall, this year’s programming was eclectic. “Triple Crown,” the first part of the program, centered on horses and included the premiere of Randy Newman’s Selections from Seabiscuit. Actress Paula Plum narrated a film on horseracing and “horses’ mystical relationship with man.” Though occasionally she seemed to be drowned out by the music, she nonetheless did an admirable job in a challenging role.
After a long intermission, conductor Keith Lockhart welcomed the Armenian community with an Armenian greeting and expressed admiration for FACS’ ongoing support and commitment to this annual event, now in its 60th year. “This is one of my favorite nights at the Pops,” shared Lockhart. Most of the audience — including many non-Armenians — stood up solemnly as the Boston Pops Orchestra performed the Hayr Mer (the Lord’s Prayer).
As in previous FACS events, the Armenian talent held the audience spellbound.