A Symphonic Collaboration: A Cultural Arts Celebration

Azusa Pacific University and Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena are presenting a celebratory event on November 10, combining their symphony orchestras totaling more than 85 musicians and soloists. This cultural arts celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Avenue in Pasadena. Maestro Eduard Topchian of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra is the featured guest conductor and will be joined by the APO assistant principal cellist, Karen Kocharyan. Also featured this night will be a performance by a dance troupe from the Yeraz School of Armenian Dance in Orange County, as well as an art gallery exhibit by local Armenian artists on display in the lobby of church that will open at 6:45 p.m. This celebration was initiated by Dr. Duane Funderburk, Dean of the School of Music at APU and the Artist in Residence at LAC. He and other members of the APU music faculty have performed in Yerevan with the APO and it was at this time an invitation was given to the renowned conductor and cellist to come to southern California and perform in this significant event. Maestro Topchian will conduct these experienced students, professional musicians and faculty members in a concert that will feature works for orchestra, violin, cello, and piano. The program will include movemen’s from Aram Kachaturian’s Spartacus Suite, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, and features soloists Alex Russell, violin (APU School of Music Professor of violin); Karen Kocharyan (assistant principal cellist of the APO in Yerevan), cello; and Dr. Duane Funderburk, piano. The concert will culminate with the monumental Symphony No. 5 by Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. Tickets for the event are $20 General Admission (all adults and seniors) and $10 General Admission (all students with I.D.). For more information, and to purchase tickets, please call 626-844-4723 or 626-815-5494.

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