Proceeds to Benefit AGBU Performing Arts Initiatives Worldwide
NEW YORK—The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) New York Special Events Committee’s (NYSEC) Performing Artists in Concert will take place on Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.
The concert will be dedicated to celebrating the life and work of renowned Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian. The event, in honor of Mansurian’s 75th birthday, will bring together young musicians from Armenia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The musicians in this year’s international ensemble include Samvel Arakelyan (violin), Narek Arutyunian (clarinet), Grigor Khachatryan (piano), Lilit Kurdiyan (cello), Nune Melikian (violin), Edvard Pogossian (cello), Veronika Vardpatrikyan (viola), Lauren Williams (oboe), and Sarkis Zakarian (piano). Zakarian, who recently launched the AGBU London Chamber Orchestra, will also serve as the artistic director for the evening.
Each musician has received an AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship, which has supported his/her training at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. This year’s ensemble includes graduates of the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The evening’s program will feature a diverse array of Western classical and Armenian composers. Along with lesser-known pieces by Grammy Award nominee Mansurian, guests will also be treated to two rarely performed transcriptions by Alexander Spendiaryan and works by Aram Khachaturian, Mozart, and Schumann, among others.
Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale now. Seats are available in the orchestra and front balcony for $65 and in the rear balcony for $35. To purchase tickets, call the AGBU at (212) 319-6383 or visit www.carnegiehall.org.
To make a contribution to AGBU NYSEC initiatives, visit https://donate.agbu.org/agbu-nysec-initiatives. Donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be recognized in the Performing Artists in Concert booklet and will receive two complimentary concert tickets and two invitations for dinner with the evening’s performers following the concert.
For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, visit www.agbu.org.