NEW YORK — The Armenian Mission to the United Nations (UN) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the nation’s membership in that body with a concert at Lincoln Center on March 16.
The musical event, described as “A Cultural Adventure: Joyfully Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Armenia Rejoining the Family of Nations,” will feature Armenian musicians in a performance that bridges the past and the present. The program, presented without intermission, will revisit traditional Armenian folk and sacred music immersed in contemporary interpretations.
“By highlighting the rich palette of art and culture in our heritage, and featuring modern-day trends, this unique artistic presentation is a most fitting way to celebrate this landmark anniversary,” explained Armenia’s Ambassador to UN Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. “As we introduce the extraordinary talent of Armenia both to our own community and to an international audience, our hope is that we will further reinforce our global friendships and leave a lasting impact on our esteemed guests.”
The ambassador noted that among those in attendance will be high-ranking officials from the United Nations, ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, and distinguished members of the public, all of whom will be sharing in this unique celebration. Students from the metropolitan area are also being invited to attend.
Featured in the performance will be acclaimed jazz and contemporary musicians, including duduk player Jivan Gasparian, Jr., saxophonist Armen Hyusnunts, cellist Artyom Manukyan, pianist Vahagn Hayrapetyan, pianist Vardan Ovsepian, bassist Joshua Davis, drummer Karen Kocharyan, and the “Hover” State Chamber Choir under choirmaster Sona Hovhanissyan.
To enhance the performance, famed visual artist Karen Mirzoyan, in collaboration with prominent stage director Eric Hill, has developed images inspired by Armenia’s culture, history and landscapes.