YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On January 21–famous American-Armenian organist Berge Jamgotchian held a concert at the Washington National Cathedral in commemoration of the 1,700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Armenia.
The Washington National Cathedral–being one of the most prominent churches in the United States–held a presidential inaugural prayer service just hours before Jamgotchian’s concert.
Jamgotchian performed a symphony written specifically for him–along with the music of Komitas and Yegmalian.
A reception was held in honor of Berge Jamgotchian at the Armenian Embassy following the concert. Present at the gathering were Ambassador Arman Kirakossian–and community members and church leaders.
Berge Jamgotchian–born in Boston–is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Every year–Jamgotchian tours different parts of the United States. However–his tours are not limited to only the US. Jamgotchian has performed throughout Canada–Europe–and Asia–at various cathedrals such as the Saint Marcus Basilica at the Vatican–the Saint Peter Basilica in Rome–and the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias–Lebanon. Jamgotchian was recently awarded the ‘Mesrob Mashdots’ Medal by Catholicos Aram I after a concert in Antelias.
On February 13–Jamgotchian will have a concert at the Saint Mary Cathedral in Paris–to be attended by the French and Armenian presidents. After Paris–Jamgotchian will travel to Rome to perform at the Saint Peter Basilica–which will be attended by Pope John Paul II and Prelate Nerses XIX.