AGBU to Present 17 Performing Artists in Debut Concert at Carnegie Hall on September 20

Carnegie (Small) The AGBU New York Special Events Committee (NYSEC) is proud to present
“A Debut Concert” featuring AGBU Scholarship Program Performing Arts
grant recipients, to be held at Weill Recital Hall of New York’s
Carnegie Hall (154 West 57th St.) on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at
8:30 p.m. This inaugural concert will recognize the achievements of
talented Armenian youth, who have benefited from the scholarship
assistance provided by AGBU toward their studies in the performing arts.
Seventeen performers are collaborating under the artistic direction of
Ani Kalayjian and Solange Merdinian to prepare a repertoire of music
celebrating Armenian and classical composers. In addition, original
compositions of several of the young participating artists will be
performed during the concert.
The performing artists include seven pianists: Hayk Arsenyan (NY), Dr.
Sarkis Baltaian (LA), Tigran Martikyan (NY), Sofya Melikyan (NY), Mariam
Nazarian (Boston), Vardan Ovsepian (Boston) and Karine Poghosyan (NY);
two violinists: Aroussiak Baltaian (LA) and Cecee Pantikian (NY); a
violist: Alexandr Nazaryan (NY); four cellists: Ani Kalayjian, Lilit
Kurdiyan, Hrant Parsamian and Kevork Parsamian (all of NY); a singer:
mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian (NY); a French horn player: Raffi
Dimoian (NY); and three composers: Kevork Andonian (LA), Tigran
Martikyan (NY) and Vardan Ovsepian (Boston).
Tickets at $50 and $100 can be purchased through the Carnegie Box
Office, at CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or at
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the AGBU scholarship program for
future performing arts students.
For many decades, AGBU grants have been awarded to hundreds of talented
and qualified students of Armenian descent, who are studying in the
performing arts and have demonstrated excellence in their chosen fields.
These awards enable recipients to achieve their potential, laying the
foundation for their future, as they celebrate their heritage and
identity. Past recipients have studied at distinguished conservatories
and universities worldwide, such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan
School of Music, Komitas State Conservatory, Yale University, Mannes
College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Vienna

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