BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Grammy Nominee Lexington composer Hayg Boyadjian’s composition Armenian Suite will be performed at a concert Sunday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, Binghamton, by violinist Armen Boyajian and pianist Pej Reitz. They will also perform works by Komitas as well as Armenian folk melodies.
The event is to honor Bishop Daniel Findikyan, who was recently elected Primate for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.
Reitz and Boyajian are both Binghamton, N.Y. natives and attended Binghamton University. Reitz also studied at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music; Boyajian attended the Eastman School of Music.
Reitz has accompanied at concerts in the US, Great Britain, Austria, and South America and is on the faculty at Binghamton University and Ithaca College.
Boyajian is also a jazz pianist and founded Air Apparent in 1979 in Washington, DC, performing at Blues Alley, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, New York City, Baltimore, Augusta, Ga. and Charlotte, NC.
Boyadjian’s Armenian Suite was first written as a commissioned work for trombone and piano. The composer then realized that the work had potential for different versions for different instruments, as the present one for violin and piano, including one for symphonic orchestra which became recorded on CD, “Opus One CD #198”.