Gala Concert Opens Yearlong Salute to Khachaturian’s 100th

BOSTON–The yearlong music festival–’Salute to Aram Khachaturian on His Centennial,’ co-sponsored by the New England Conservatory of Music and the Aram Khachaturian Centennial Committee of New England–will open with a free Gala Concert at the New England Conservatory of Music–Jordan Hall on Sunday–February 2–at 8 p.m. Armenia’s Ambassador to the US His Excellency Dr. Arman Kirakossian will be present to kick of the festival. The program will be hosted by Catherine Fuller of WGBH public broadcasting. Though admission to the concert is free–tickets are required and may be obtained at the Jordan Hall Box Office.

Artistic Director Tatyana Dudochkin–will present a collection from Khachaturian’s works for piano–violin–cello–ballet–vocal and chamber music performances featuring a cast of distinguished and internationally recognized performers including New England Conservatory of Music professors–guests–performers from Armenia–and principal dancers from the Boston Ballet Company. Dudochkin is the Artistic Director of the annual Celebration of Anniversaries Festivals at the New England Conservatory of Music for the past 11 years.

The following artists will join Dudochkin:

Suren Bagratuni–cello – winner of Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky International competition while a student at the Moscow Conservatory–Bagratuni is first prize winner in Italy’s Vittorio Gui Competition. He has recorded for Melodiya and has been featured on CBC Radio Canada–Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany)–WNYC (NY)–and on NPR. Bagratuni is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory–holds an Artistic Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music and is professor of Cello at Michigan State University–in East Lansing.

Jonathan Bass–piano – first prize winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano and American International Chopin competitions. Bass holds a Music Doctorate from Julliard School and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and the Boston Conservatory.

Jonathan Cohler–clarinet – winner of Harvard University’s Phi Beta Kappa and David McCord prizes–Cohler is music director of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. An artistic director for the International Clarinet Connection–Cohler is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. He has recorded for Ongaku and Crystal labels and has performed throughout US Japan–Europe–China–Cuba–and at the Tanglewood–Rockport and Newport festivals among others.

Media representatives who would like to attend the concert for music review should contact Jackie Abramian jackhar@attbi.com by January 17.

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