- Sun30Apr20172:00 pmAdele & Haig Der Manuelian Galleries
We will be continuing our Spring Concert series, co-sponsored by the Composer's Union of Armenia, with "Spring of Music" on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
We are able to offer this and our other Spring Series concerts as free and open programs to the community thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation. A light reception will accompany the concert where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the performing artists.
The program will feature Narine Ojakhyan (soprano), Thomas Shahbaghyan (violin), Levon Markosyan (cello), and Prof. Gregory Chaverdian (piano), performing a program Armenian and classical music.
Narine Ojakhyan is emerging as one of the most interesting lyric sopranos of the new generation. After receiving her Bachelor's degree and Postgraduate Diploma at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatoire, and gained her Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her operatic roles include Mimi in multiple productions of La Boheme and on the concert state she has performed with orchestras, symphonies and at music festivals around the world.
Thomas Shahbaghyan began his violin studies before turning 4 years old and has participated in a number of competitions and festivals across Canada. Since 2013, he has studied at the Quebec Conservatory of Music with Andee Azar. Shahbaghyan is a member of Hay Pem Theater of the Tekeyan Armenian Cultural Centre and participates in fundraising events to help Syrian refugees and Armenian orphans.
Levon Markosyan began playing the cello at the age of six and is the Gold Medal winner of multiple classical music festivals and competitions. Markosyan is the recipient of the Bradley & Bradley Foundation scholarship, as well sa two scholarships granted by Camp Musical Père Lindsay. Despite his young age, Markosyan was accepted to Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2014 and continues his study under the direction of world famous musician, Denis Brott.
Gregory Chaverdian completed his Master of Music and PhD in Piano Performance at Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and, in 1989, was awarded First Prize at the International Music Competition in Rio de Janeiro. Chaverdian has appeared on the concert stage as a soloist and a collaborative pianist and has performed in Russia, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Poland and Canada. Since 2000, he has taught Piano Performance at Concordia University.
- Thu11May20177:00 pm3rd Floor - Armenian Museum
The Armenian Museum of America and The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) are proud to present: The Story Behind “The Smoking Gun”: A Presentation of Never-Before-Seen Documents, A Lecture by Dr. Taner Akçam.
On April 23, 2017, The New York Times published an article about Taner Akcam’s recent work. The article centered on an Ottoman document that Akcam says is “the smoking gun,” demonstrating the Ottoman government’s awareness of and involvement in the elimination of the Armenian population. The document, acknowledged as authentic by the post-World War I Ottoman government, helped convict its author, Behaeddin Shakir, one of the founders of the Committee of Union and Progress, as one of the masterminds of the Armenian Genocide. However, this key piece of evidence, along with other damning documents used during the post-war Constantinople trials of the perpetrators, vanished. Or so it seemed.
In the course of examining the archive of the late Fr. Krikor Guerguerian, Akcam discovered that the Armenian Catholic priest had made photographic copies of Shakir’s telegram and other crucial documents. This presentation at the Armenian Museum of America will present this and other documents that have never before been discussed in public.
Taner Akçam is the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. He is the author of The Spirit of the Laws: The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide, with Ümit Kurt (Berghahn Books, 2015) The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press, 2012), Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials, with Vahakn Dadrian (Berghahn Books, 2011), A Shameful Act: Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility (Metropolitan Books, 2006), and From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide (Zed Books, 2004), as well as other works in German and Turkish, including most recently Naim Efendi’nin Hatıratı ve Talat Paşa Telgrafları: Krikor Gergeryan Arşivi [Naim Efendi’s Memoir and the Talat Pasha Telegrams: The Krikor Guerguerian Archive] (İletişim, 2016), forthcoming in English translation.
- Thu25May20178:00 pmAdele & Haig Der Manuelian Galleries @ The Armenian Museum
Armenian-American composer/pianist John Hodian brings his innovative ensemble, "Ephiphany 3" to the Armenian Museum for a concert on May 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM. The trio has lived and performed in Europe and Armenia for the past 8 years and this is a rare opportunity to hear them in America.
Epiphany 3's music is a blend of ancient and modern cultures and musical styles, featuring earthy, trance-like rhythms and chant-like melodies. For more information on the group and their current tour, visit the Epiphany 3 website.
With influences ranging from Qawwali devotional songs to Appalachian Folk music, acoustic blues and Tuvan throat singing, the highly charismatic singer/songwriter Bet Williams uses her 4-octave voice in an endless number of ways.
John Hodian's piano playing features haunting melodies and intricate rhythms that reflect his Armenian roots, his formal composition training and love for improvisation.
On this Epiphany 3 tour, John and Bet are joined by their 13-year-old son Jack, an exceptional drummer and percussionist.
Epiphany 3 will also perform excerpts fro "Songs of Exile," originally written for Hodians' The Naghash Ensemble. These songs combine the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism and the energy of rock and jazz. "Songs of Exile" is based on sacred texts by the medieval Armenian mystic poet and priest, M'krtich Naghash. The texts are a profound meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a monk forced to live in exile for many years. The music is part folk, part classical, and profoundly moving.