Prof. Movses Pogossian

UCLA Armenian Music Program to Host Concert Commemorating Genocide


LOS ANGELES — In remembrance of the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the UCLA Armenian Music Program will present its annual musical performance at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is co-presented by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and features works by Armenian classical composers from the late 19th century Ottoman period to the present.

The concert, titled “Intersections: Armenian Classical Composers,” marks the tenth annual  performance commemorating the Genocide at the Hammer Museum. The program highlights the diversity of ethnic Armenian music spanning from the Ottoman Empire, Western Armenia, Soviet Armenia and the diaspora across the Levant and United States.

Featured performances include the UCLA VEM Ensemble and oudist Antranig Kzirian. The VEM Ensemble, the cornerstone of the established Armenian Music Program, was founded by UCLA Distinguished Professor of Violin Movses Pogossian.

The concert will feature music by Komitas, Kemani Sebuh Simonyan, Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan, Koharik Gazarossian, Tigran Mansurian and others.

The Armenian Music Program (AMP) at UCLA is directed by Prof. Melissa Bilal, the inaugural holder of the Promise Chair in Armenian Music, Arts, and Culture.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the websites of the Hammer Museum at UCLA or the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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