Soloist Haig Hovsepian with the Boston Pops (Jirair Hovsepian photo)

A Pop of Music at Symphony Hall

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BOSTON — The 67th annual Armenian Night at the Pops featured violinist Haig Hovsepian, a rising sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music performing along with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on Saturday, June 9.

Hovsepian, who was born and raised in Belmont, played the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor.

Soloist Haig Hovsepian with the Boston Pops (Jirair Hovsepian photo)

He received an enthusiastic reception from the orchestra and the audience and at the conclusion of his performance, received a standing ovation from the audience.

In the post-concert reception at the New England Conservatory (NEC), he got to play an Armenian piece, Groong, by Komitas. He was accompanied by his mother, Ani Hovsepian on piano.

The program also featured Hayr Mer (The Lord’s Prayer) arranged by Makar Yekmalian and Rouben Gregorian and Sardarapat by Hovhannissyan-Asatruyan.

Hovsepian started studying the violin at age 4 and has had several teachers, including Jason Horowitz, Kyoko Horowitz, Sam Ou, Daniel Getz, Lynn Chang and Angelo Xiang Yu. He was the recipient of the Alice and Violent Ohanasian/Friends of Armenian Culture Society scholarship at NEC.

. Soloist Haig Hovsepian with his former teacher, Lynn Chang, who taught him at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Department. (Jirair Hovsepian photo)

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He has won several concerto competitions, including the NEC, the Concord Orchestra, Brockton Symphony, Waltham Philharmonic and Belmton High School Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. He also won the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, as a condition of which, by a wonderful coincidence, he performed at an earlier time on June 9 at Symphony Hall.

The tribute to the centennial of the First Republic at Symphony Hall (Jirair Hovsepian Photo)

The Armenian Night Concert is sponsored every year by the Friends of Armenian Culture Society (www.facsboston.org).

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