Dourian Conducts Lark Musical Society in Verdi Requiem

GLENDALE–On the 86th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–the Lark Musical Society will welcome to Southern California the legendary Armenian conductor and composer–Ohan Dourian–to direct the Lark Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Requiem.

Considered to be one of the most compelling settings of the traditional Mass for the Dead–this universally loved choral-orchestral masterpiece will feature soloists Kallen Esperian–Magda Mkrtchyan–Yeghishe Manucharyan–and Sergey Barseghyan. The memorial concert–which is the fourth event of the Lark’s Decennial Jubilee Year–will take place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center–in downtown Los Angeles–on Monday evening–April 23–2001–at 8 p.m.

Maestro Dourian–who has been called the "Toscanini of Eastern Europe," has earned this epithet for his conductorial art–which runs to deep–powerful emotions–passionate temperament and rich fantasy. The music-loving public of Southern California will be able to experience first-hand his energetic and imaginative interpretations of Verdi’s tour de force.

Eleanor Dickranian is serving as the honorary chairperson of this event–in memory of her late husband and beloved patron of the arts–Arshag Dickranian. A community-based Organizing Committee has been formed under the direction of Laurel Karabian. A number of special events are being planned as a prelude to the concert–including receptions–public lectures–and a private gathering with Maestro Dourian for Decennial Jubilee Patrons and Event Sponsors.

Through his distinguished philanthropy and dynamic community leadership–Arshag Dickranian promoted the preservation of the Armenian people’s musical heritage in Southern California and beyond. The public’s support and participation will make this an occasion to honor the memory of our ancestors–whose martyrdom in the first genocide of the 20th century should never be forgotten.

For tickets–call the Lark office at (818) 500-9997.

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