NEW YORK — AGBU New York Special Events Committee (NYSEC) presents the ninth annual AGBU Performing Artists in Concert which will take place on Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert traditionally benefits AGBU performing arts initiatives worldwide.
Dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Union of Composers of Armenia, this year’s concert showcases the talents of musicians from Armenia, France, Lebanon, Switzerland and the United States. Along with young artists, the event will feature well-known musicians, tenor Berj Karazian, an Honored Artist of Armenia and a soloist of the Yerevan State Opera Theater, and conductor and pianist Vahan Mardirossian, who will serve as the artistic director of the evening.
“I debuted at Carnegie Hall 12 years ago as a young pianist. I remember the simultaneous feelings of excitement and pride. I know very well the feelings of these young musicians before their debut in this iconic venue, which has become the beginning of amazing artistic adventures for many great musicians,” said Mardirossian, the principal conductor of the Caen Symphony Orchestra (France) and music director of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
This year’s ensemble is composed of AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship recipients, including Albert Newberry (piano); Tamar Eskenian (shvi/flute); Lucine Harutyunyan (violin); Ani Karapetyan (violin); Cara Pogossian (viola); Edvard Pogossian (cello) and Matthew Taylor (dancer). They are students or graduates of well-known educational institutions, such as Haute Ècole de Musique in Lausanne, the Yerevan State Conservatory, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Mannes School of Music in New York, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout years, the AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship has supported training of many gifted Armenian artists at renown universities and conservatories.
The concert will include favorites of Western classical and Armenian music. Along with well-known compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorák, Schuman Tigranyan and Mirzoyan, guests will be treated to works by young Armenian composers and Waltz by Aram Satyan, president of the Union of Composers of Armenia, specially arranged for the chamber ensemble of the evening.
Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.carnegiehall.org.