WATERTOWN, Mass.—On Sun., May 22, the Armenian Museum of America, together with the Composers’ Union of Armenia, presented a program dedicated to the 90th birthdays of composers Alexander Ajemian and Khachatour Avetisian.
Berj Chekijian, the director of the Armenian Museum, noted that during the last few years, the Armenian Museum and Composers’ Union have mutually organized many cultural events, including the “Festival of Contemporary Armenian Chamber Music,” the “Bostonians” vocal group concert, and a memorial concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. These and all other concerts took place with funding support from the Dadourian Organization.
The May 22 concert included many popular songs by both Ajemian and Avetisian. The soloists were Nouné Karapetian (soprano), Gohar Manjelikian (mezzo soprano), Garo Nichanian (bass/baritone, Canada), and Knarik Nerkararian (soprano). The piano accompanist was Nune Hakobyan. The music director of the co-operative concert was composer/conductor Konstantin Petrossian.
The next concert will take place on June 19 and will be dedicated to piano music. With Armenian classical composers, there will be works written by the composer/pianist Haik Arsenian.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West