Thursday, 9 April 2009

Musical Bridge - concert in Yerevan

Now about something very positive. A friend of mine, American composer (and not only) Marilyn Bliss - one of the brightest persons I know - will present her work as part of the concert programme in Yerevan including works of American and Armenian composers. I wish I am in Yerevan on 13 April, and not only because of my friend's factor. Sounds like an exciting programming for those who love classical music. Recommend it.

Aram Khachaturyan Concert Hall
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
13 April 2009, 7 pm


Concert Program

Matthew Fields - FIREHEART
(for 6 performers)

Elizabeth Bell - ANDROMEDA: Concerto for piano and orchestra
Hayk Melikyan (piano)

Hayg Boyadjian - ARMENIAN SUITE
(for orchestra)

Marilyn Bliss - HUATZU HILL
For soprano and chamber orchestra
Gayane Gegamyan (soprano)

(for chamber orchestra)
Conductor: Ruben Asatryan

There is this nice piece by a local US newspaper about Yerevan concert.

Lexington Minuteman - ‘Armenian Suite’ to premiere … where else but Armenia
Lexington composer Hayg Boyadjian’s symphonic composition “Armenian Suite” will receive its first public performance in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, on April 13 at the famous Aram Khatchaturian Concert Hall.

The concert will also include works by three American composers: “Fireheart” for chamber ensemble by Matthew Fields; “Huatzu Hill” for soprano and chamber orchestra by Marilyn Bliss; “Andromeda” concerto for piano and orchestra by Elizabeth Bell; and also a work by Armenian composer Edward Sadoyan, “Threes Words About Armenia” for chamber orchestra.

Featured will be the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ruben Asatryan, the soloists will include soprano Gayane Gegamyan and pianist Haik Melikyan.

Soprano Gegamyan has premiered many works by Yerevan-Armenian composers, and also works by Boyadjian (among others three German text songs for soprano and piano written especially for her), and she has also sung songs by Bliss.

Pianist-composer Melikyan is a musician of renown in Armenia and Europe for his performances of contemporary music. He has performed in Yerevan works by Marilyn Bliss, and in June 2008 he premiered Boyadjian’s first movement of his large fourth piano sonata at a solo concert at the Komidas Hall in Yerevan.

Bliss will travel to Yerevan for this April concert, she traveled for the first time to Yerevan a few years ago where she had a solo concert of her compositions from which she returned very much impressed, about the music, and about the city.

Boyadjian’s “Armenian Suite” was originally written as a commission piece for trombone and piano in 2005. A version for two oboes and piano followed, and later on came the present version for symphony orchestra.

“Armenian Suite” has been recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Oberg and is due to come out soon on Opus One CD Recordings, and will be available on, as are Boyadjian’s other recordings.