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Khachaturıan’s Legacy Celebrated at St. Vartan Cathedral

A concert dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of the great Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian was held at New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on Wednesday, June 5. The event went forward under the auspices of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), and Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations.

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June 10, 2013
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Khachaturıan’s Legacy Celebrated at St. Vartan Cathedral
A concert dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of the great Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian was held at New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on Wednesday, June 5. The event went forward under the auspices of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), and Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations.

Karine Poghosyan, an award-winning pianist, performed a program she created to present the richness and diversity of Khachaturian’s style. First, there was Khachaturian the lyricist, whose heartwarming melodies—”Adagio” from Spartacus and “Lullaby” from Gayaneh—Poghosyan performed with passion and grace.

The program also highlighted the energetic and rhythmic Khachaturian of his early piano work Poem (1927) and the familiar Toccata (1932). Finally, the audience encountered Khachaturian the innovator—less well-known but all the more powerful and demanding—through his large-scale piano composition, the Sonata (1961). Poghosyan closed her exhilarating concert with an encore: Khachaturian’s  “Waltz” from the Masquerade Suite.

More than 300 people attended the evening concert, including more than 40 United Nations ambassadors and dignitaries. The concert marked the inaugural 2013-2014 Season of Classical Music, Concerts @ Saint Vartan. Future concerts will be held on Wednesday evenings (see the complete schedule below).

Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian welcomed the audience and outlined the objective of the concert series, mentioning that there would be four more concerts in the coming season. She spoke of Khachaturian’s lasting legacy and said that he enriched human culture with the timeless beauty of his heritage.

Ambassador Nazarian said that “music is a universal language of mankind.” He added, “It touches many hearts, and reminds us of our common humanity and common responsibility to work together in partnership to spread the message of solidarity and peace around the world.”

Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian closed the evening with a benediction. A reception followed. The Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian, dean of St. Vartan Cathedral, was instrumental in organizing the concert.
Aram Khachaturian was born on June 6, 1903 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Concerts @ Saint Vartan
2013-2014 Season of Classical Music
Bach & Liszt
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Saint Vartan Orchestra with Karine Poghosyan, piano
Solo Violin Recital
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Nune Melikian, violin
Raisa Kargamonova, piano accompanist
Selections by Babadjanian, Khachaturian, Markov, Kreisler
Solo Organ Recital
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Artist and program to be announced
Mozart & Chopin
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Saint Vartan Orchestra with Karine Poghosyan, piano
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Photos attached.
Photo 1: Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, speaks about the legacy of Aram Khachaturian.
Photo 2: Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian welcomes guests.
Photos 3, 4, and 5: Pianist Karine Poghosyan performs at St. Vartan Cathedral.
Photo 6: Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian (right), dean of St. Vartan Cathedral, welcomes a delegation from the United Nations.
Photo 7: Karine Poghosyan receives flowers following the concert.
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