By Tom Vartabedian
BOSTON — Armenian clarinet prodigy Narek Arutyunian refused to become intimidated by one of the world’s leading orchestras.
The 19-year-old stood firm and tall at Boston’s Symphony Hall and was embraced by a crowd attending the 61st annual rendition of Armenian Night at the Pops on June 8. Of the 2,400 in attendance, some 450 were Armenians, looking forward to getting their first look at the rising star. He did not disappoint.
“Best 18 minutes I could have ever performed,” he told observers at a post-reception. “Playing next to conductor Keith Lockhart was the ultimate experience. I shall treasure this moment forever.”
From the time he walked onto the stage fol- lowing the traditional Hayr Mer to the time he was embraced by the conductor, Arutyunian displayed his talents with obvious passion and conviction.