Armenian News Network / Groong December 6, 2012 Entertainment Wire By Sahan Arzruni NEW YORK, NEW YORK A musical event showcasing twelve promising young Armenian artists went up at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on December 1, 2012. It was the latest entry in an annual series of concerts presented by the Armenian General Benevolent Union's New York Special Events Committee. The gifted young people presented on Saturday evening-all of whom are recipients of AGBU scholarships-included Tatevik Ayazyan, violinist; Armine Chamasyan, violinist; Anoush Simonian, violist; Vardan Gasparyan, cellist; Gurgen Simonyan, clarinetist; Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan, marimba player; Garineh Avakian, vocalist; Tanya Gabrielian, pianist; Sofya Melikyan, pianist; Hayk Arsenyan, pianist and composer; Artur Akshelyan, composer; and Vahram Sargsyan, composer. The program, skillfully put together by Hayk Arsenian and Sofya Melikyan, honored the 300th anniversary of the birth of Sayat Nova, the great Armenian troubadour. The milestone is being promoted by UNESCO, and the AGBU concert paid tribute to his undying legacy by presenting Sayat Nova's music in its traditional form and modern transmutations. (A passing note: Among the scholars disputing this dating of Sayat Nova's birth is Dr. Henrik Bakhchinian, former director of the Charentz State Museum of Literature and Art in Yerevan. A video discussion of the topic appears on YouTube, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX9zJgf_OEk.) In addition to works by the aforementioned composers, the concert featured compositions by Tigran Mansurian, Alexander Arutiunian, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, and Schumann. Marimba player Tatevik Khoja-Eynatian was perhaps the most promising performer of the evening, whose deft handling of that exotic keyboard brought out the woody resonance of this percussion instrument to excellent effect. Cellist Vardan Gasparyan drew a warm sound from his instrument, blending beautifully into the ensemble in the Schumann Quintet. Pianist Hayk Arsenian impressed me with his delicate fingerwork in the Dvorak Quartet. His seemingly improvisatory composition, Poem, was at times reminiscent of Rachmaninoff. Arthur Akshelyan's arrangement of Ashkharums akh chim kashi suggested a Sayat Nova melody deconstructed into a binary pattern of authenticity versus inauthenticity. In Hunting the Hunter, composer Vahram Sargsyan concealed nuggets from the Armenian bard's songs in an otherwise discursive musical roadmap. Mezzo-soprano Garineh Avakian concluded the program by singing three traditional Sayat Nova melodies with assurance. The concert left one satisfied to witness such a fine crop of young Armenians, who have been given an opportunity by AGBU to present their talent in such a prestigious venue. -- Master pianist Sahan Arzruni enjoys an international career, and is also known as a composer, ethnomusicologist, producer, teacher, lecturer, writer, recording artist and broadcasting personality.
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