PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On March 4, the Cultural Committee of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church, presented a lively concert featuring local talents. The event took place in the Egavian Cultural Center.
The featured artists of the evening were: Gohar Manjelikian, mezzo-soprano; Dalita Getzoyan, flute; Raffi Rachdouni, piano; Bethany Sousa Rachdouni, violin and Nune Hakobyan, piano accompaniment.
The performers exhibited their talents through a range of musical work. The capricious Chem Krna Khagha, by Komitas, as sung by Manjelikian, was light and whimsical, whereas the reverent tone of Konstantin Petrossian’s Diramayr was deep and stirring. Manjelikian sang the aria from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” Voi, Che Sapete, with much conviction.
The Flute Concerto in D minor, part II: Andante Sostenuto by Aram Khachaturian is a technically challenging work which was given life by Getzoyan. Rachdouni was the accompanist. Getzoyan’s rendition of this work was truly moving. She also played La Flute de Pan by Mouquet beautifully.
The selection of works for this program was quite varied. The opening number by Khachaturian was performed impressively by Rachdouni. He then accompanied Bethany Souza Rachdouni who performed Gagachner by Avetisyan beautifully on the violin.
Elegy by Babajanian, as played by Souza Rachdouni was quite lyrical.