By Taleen Babayan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
NEW YORK — The joyous musical notes emanating in the sanctuary of the St. Vartan Cathedral served as a welcome to the new season during the “Celebration of Spring Concert,” on Wednesday, February 28, in an event presented by the Armenian Mission to the United Nations, in the spirit of friendship, dialogue and cooperation among nations.
Performing to overflowing pews of United Nations diplomats and delegates, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning artists Levon Chilingirian (violin), Suren Bagratuni (cello) and Karen Hakobyan (piano) played works by Haydn, Beethoven, Khachaturian, Hovunts and Babadjanian as they kicked off their North American tour.
The culturally rich event, in partnership with the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, with the support of Nazar and Artemis Nazarian, also recognized the season when Armenia became a member state of the UN in March 1992, marking an opportunity for the Armenian Mission to invite the United Nations community to share in their nation’s musical talents and traditions.