The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music announces the inaugural concert of its Armenian Music Series, celebrating the 75th birthday of Armenia's foremost composer Tigran Mansurian with a performance of his critically acclaimed choral masterpiece, Ars Poetica, as well as masterworks by Armenian composers Edward Mirzoyan and Alexander Spendiaryan.
The January 26th concert at UCLA Schoenberg Hall will feature the renowned Lark Musical Society Choir (Vatsche Barsoumian, conductor), and members of the Armenian Music Ensemble at UCLA (Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, VEM String Quartet).
The concert marks the launch of the newly created Armenian Music Program at UCLA which will raise awareness and celebrate the rich and diverse Armenian musical tradition, thanks to generous donor support. In addition to the Armenian Music Concert Series, the two-year program will include such initiatives as:
- A course in Armenian Music – taught by Vatsche Barsoumian – that is offered in Spring 2014 and 2015 to students across UCLA (both Music and non-Music majors).
- An International Conference on Armenian Music (Spring 2015), in cooperation with Prof. Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Language, UCLA.
- Full scholarship support of the Armenian Music Ensemble; a group of extremely talented UCLA student musicians whose studies emphasis the Armenian music repertoire.
- The Music Outreach Program sends our Armenian Music Ensemble, in cooperation with the Lark Musical Society, into the community to provide free music performances.
- An Armenian Art Song Competition (May 2014), in cooperation with the UCLA Department of Music Opera and Voice program.
Celebrating Mansurian: Inaugural Concert of the Armenian Music Series at UCLA
Schoenberg Hall | UCLA
Tickets: $14, $11 UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)