AGBU celebrates a decade of showcasing Armenian musical talent at Carnegie Hall

Published: Dec 19 2019

Author: ANM Media
On the sixth of December, a diverse audience of music lovers congregated at the Weill Recital Hall in the world-renowned Carnegie Hall to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the AGBU Performing Artists in concert, organized by the AGBU New York Special Events Committee (NYSEC), AGBU press office reports. The concert raised over $50,000 for AGBU performing arts initiatives worldwide. Commemorating a decade of emerging Armenian artists and Armenian culture, the concert featured the extraordinary talents of young Armenian musicians who have honed their performance skills with the help of AGBU Performing Arts scholarships.

The annual event is just one of the many examples of how the AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) has been educating global audiences about Armenian culture through varied programs and international events. The concert debuted the vocal talents of soprano Anush Avetisyan, piano protégé Nara Avetisyan, and violin virtuoso Karen Israelyan, alongside Yulia Musayelyan and Mher Mnatsakanyan, who displayed their command of ancient Armenian folk instruments such as the duduk and zurna. Guitarist Saro Babikian and Pardy Minassian opened the concert rendered children’s folk songs by Komitas, continuing the worldwide commemoration of the great Armenian musician’s 150th anniversary. Oboist Lauren Williams Oulbegian joined bassoonist Cornelia Sommer in performing George Philip Telemann’s “Partita No. 1.” Sixteen-year-old cellist Laura Navasardian amazed the audience with her dexterity in performing Aram Khachaturian’s “Dance of Aisha,” “Waltz,” and “Sabre Dance” accompanied by the violin and piano.

The evening concluded with a lively arrangement of Grigor Arakelian’s piece “Scherzo on Themes by Komitas,” performed by all ten musicians, a final tribute to the beloved Komitas. Donors joined the artists in a post-concert dinner to celebrate the concert’s success.