April 29, 2015 | Press Releases

Tickets on Sale Now for AGBU Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Gala Concert

Compositions to premiere in New York by an international ensemble of musicians

On May 11, 2015, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Sayat Nova International Composition Competition will hold its biannual gala concert and award ceremony. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in New York. Opening remarks will be given by Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, the permanent representative of Armenia to the United Nations, and Ara Guzelimian, the dean and provost of the Juilliard School.

The gala concert will premiere compositions by the three winners of the 2014 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition. Their works will be performed by an international ensemble of musicians from Armenia, France, Finland, Macedonia and the United States. The concert will also feature songs on the kamancha by eighteenth-century Armenian bard Sayat Nova and a recitation of poems of Ottoman Armenian poet Daniel Varoujan.

“As this is an international endeavor, we wish to celebrate with an international audience. Over 60% of this year’s applicants represented the best of the arts outside of Armenia’s borders, ranging from Brazil to China to Russia and beyond. In short, we wish to celebrate an evening of exceptional talent, which we have spent months evaluating and preparing for this momentous occasion,” said Hayk Arsenyan, director of the AGBU Performing Arts Department.

The Sayat Nova International Composition Competition is designed to introduce Armenian musical traditions to a wider audience by inviting composers of all heritages to submit original compositions for an ensemble of Armenian traditional and Western classical instruments. This year, in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, the competition asked composers to include in their compositions the poetry of Daniel Varoujan, one of the first victims of the Armenian Genocide.

To purchase tickets to the gala concert, please visit: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8736/Music/sayat-nova-international-composition-gala-concert

For more information about the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition, please visit: http://sayatnova.agbueurope.org/

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian diaspora. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to create a foundation for the prosperity of all Armenians.

To learn more visit www.agbu.org.

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