The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, under the baton and artistic direction of Maestro Eduard Topchjan, never ceases to impress its summer audiences with the exceptionally entertaining and high-quality performances given. Featuring baritone David Babayants, soprano Ani Yorentz, tenor Liparit Avetisyan, soprano Hasmik Torosyan, bass Vazgen Gazaryan, and baritone Gianpiero Ruggeri, the Opera Gala produced an unforgettable effect upon the audience.
The program included selections from Leoncavallo, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.
The spectacular gala opened with Gianpiero Ruggeri’s stunning performanc of Si puo? Si puo? Signore! Signori!, Tonio’s prologue from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Not only was the actual content of Tonio’s Prologue an ideal stage-warming number, it also manifested Ruggeri’s intriguing acting and smooth vocal production.
On July 19, accomplished classical pianist Hrant Bagrazyan gave a summer piano recital at the beautiful venue of the Komitas Museum-Institute, a "museum in Yerevan, Armenia, devoted to the renowned Armenian musicologist and composer Komitas", in memory of Professor Igor Yavryan, who passed away earlier this summer on June 16. Professor Yavryan was Bagrazyan's teacher and mentor.
"He helped me love and appreciate classical music and shaped me as a musician", wrote Bagrazyan. "Without him I wouldn't become a pianist."
The house was completely full, even with the necessity of adding several extra chairs to the rows in order to fit everyone who showed up for the performance. This is not surprising considering the high quality of the performance given.
The stunning program consisted of Komitas' Six Dances, Johannes Brahms' Sonata No. 3 Op. 5 in f minor, Arno Babajanian's Six Pictures, and Maurice Ravel's Reflections.
As senior year comes to an end, a lot of mixed feelings rise up in our little hearts as we attend each other's senior recitals here at SOTA. With the Musical Theater Department's Class of 2017 Finale concert SHOWSTOPPER, I will begin my month long chain of articles on my fellow seniors' last shows at SOTA.
Directed by Ron S. McCan, the Musical Theatre department separated just this year from the Classical Voice department of SOTA and became an independent department at SOTA (with their very own color teal!).
The seniors featured in this performance and who pulled it all together in a rather professional manner are Ben Stacy, Ryan Doyle, Mara Schumann, Tasneem Norris, Mackenzie Rohan, Lucy Murphy, and Joe-Joe Kelly.
With a variety of solos, duets, trios, and ensembles, every senior was displayed to their full potential, providing an entertaining evening for families and friends. Ben Stacy manifested his ability to make the audience both laugh and cry with his stunning actin…