Komitas: a Canadian Tribute

Published: Nov 19 2019

Author: ANM Media
Friday, October 25, 2019 will be etched in the memory of the Toronto Armenian community as the date when the music of Father Komitas resonated in a most unprecedented way on the stage of the prestigious Koerner Hall at the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning (home of the Royal Conservatory of Music – RCM), Torontohye reports. Co-presented by the RCM and the Amici Chamber Ensemble, “Komitas: a Canadian Tribute” was the brainchild of pianist-composer Serouj Kradjian. For this 150th anniversary celebration, Kradjian’s vision was to present Komitas to the broader Canadian audience, and to this effect, he had spared no effort, from the choice of the venue and the partnership with the RCM, to the choice of mostly Canadian performers – some of the finest in the country.

The Amici’s three core players, clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian were joined by an impressive cast: celebrated violinist Mark Fewer, renowned violist Barry Shiffman, the multiple award winning choir Elmer Iseler Singers and their acclaimed conductor/artistic director, Lydia Adams, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Young Voices Toronto, famed baritone Russell Braun, Armenian community’s own rising star soprano Lynn Isnar, and members of the Hamazkayin Toronto “Erepuni” Dance Ensemble, close to 80 performers in all. The event was generously sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Canadian Armenian Association for the Performing Arts (CAAPA), and Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, Toronto. Amici Chamber Ensemble took the extra step to livestream the sold out concert, with the goal of making it accessible to a wider audience around the world.

By Araxie Altounian

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