By Florence Avakian
NEW YORK — Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow has said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
And legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven called music “a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents, the mediator between spirituality and the sensual life.”
Living and bringing to life these profound sayings will be a concert in honor of Armenian Independence Day at St. Vartan Cathedral, on Wednesday, September 20, at 8 p.m.
Acclaimed artists at this auspicious event will be pianist Karine Poghosyan, and conductor Jason Tramm, leading the 45 members of the MidAtlantic Philharmonic Orchestra. They will perform the soulful and emotional music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Aram Khachaturian in honor of their births — the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninoff, and 120 anniversary of Khachaturian.
The Primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Mesrop Parsamyan has stated that “this momentous occasion holds a special place in the hearts of Armenians around the world as we commemorate the hard-fought journey toward sovereignty and the enduring spirit of our beloved homeland.”