LOS ANGELES–A popular recent addition to the Southland’s chamber music scene, the Dilijan Series will launch its third season on September 15 at Zipper Hall. The program includes works by Harutunian, Franck, and a World Premiere of a Piano Quintet by Vache Sharafyan, whose works have been championed by artists such as Yo Yo Ma and Yuri Bashmet, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and other major venues around the world. Mr. Sharafyan will be present and will participate in the performance. The LA Philharmonic’s Principal Concertmaster, Martin Chalifour, and Principal cellist Peter Stumpf, who helped inaugurate the Series two years ago, will be joined by clarinetist Gary Gray, violinist Aroussiak Baltaian, violist Brian Dembow, pianist Serouj Kradjian, and the Series’ Artistic Director, violinist Movses Pogossian.
Highlights of the Dilijan Series’ six concerts this season include two world premieres commissioned by the Series, and appearances by distinguished musicians of international caliber. The traditional light-hearted December holiday program presents musical comedy by Magnus Martensson (Sweden), as well as the return of the critically acclaimed Duo Forza. The January program, featuring four string quartets by Shostakovich and his Armenian pupils, concludes with the composer’s Preludio and Scherzo for String Octet, led by the legendary Stuart Canin. The adventurous March program of three Hungarian and three Armenian composers presents a World Premiere by Rostomyan, as well as Ligeti’s ground breaking Horn Trio, performed by Richard Todd, Vicki Ray, and Movses Pogossian. The final concert in April, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, features music of Komitas, Gurdjieff, Bach, and Shostakovich.
Founded in 2005 by members of the Glendale, California-based Lark Musical Society, the Dilijan Series is dedicated to promoting Armenian chamber music, as well as showcasing masterpieces of Western classical music. Tickets can be purchased by calling (818) 572-5438, or are available at the door.