12 The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009 Community Four award-winning teenage virtuosos from Russia, Georgia, andArmenia to debut at Carnegie Hall Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian’s first New York performance NEW YORK – Four young virtuosos from Russia, Georgia, andArmenia, selected from competition winners at approximately 50 conservatories, will make their New York recital debuts on May 7 and 8, 2009, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. These young musicians are all winners of the 2008 Guzik Foundation Awards. Pianist Daniil Trifonov, born in 1992 in Novgorod, Russia, and clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, born in 1991 in Gyumri, Armenia, make their New York debuts. Pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, born in 1991 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and violinist Yuri Revich, born in 1991 in Moscow, make their U.S. debuts. Daniil Trifonov and Yuri Revich will share a program on Thursday, May 7, at 8:00 P.M., Daniil performing a solo first half and accompanying Yuri after intermission. Similarly, on Friday, May 8, at 8:00 P.M., Luka Okrostsvaridze will perform first and join Narek Arutyunian for the second half of the program. Tickets go on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office on March 9. Just this past September Daniil Trifonov won top honors at Italy’s prestigious San Marino International Piano Competition. He won both the Gold Medal and the Special Prize for his interpretation of a composition of Chick Corea. Narek Arutyunian performed on a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich program at the Kennedy Center in October 2008 featuring young musicians presented by the Rostropovich Foundation’s Fund to Support Young Talented Musicians. Among other honors, Luka Okrostsvaridze has received numerous grants and scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, and has performed in Spivakov’s festival in Colmar, France; Yuri Revich has also performed at the Colmar festival, and is a recipient of a Rostropovich Grant. Presenting the two concerts are the Guzik Foundation, founded by Bay Area philanthropist Nahum Guzik, and the Cultural Exchange Foundation, headed by distinguished pianist/conductor Constantine Orbelian. For the past eight years, Guzik, a hightech industrialist and Russian émigré, together with Orbelian, the music director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the first American to hold that title with a Russian ensemble, have been nurturing young musicians throughout Russia andArmenia. Outstanding music students ranging in age from 15 to 20 compete for the Guzik Scholarships. Usually, the young people come from families of modest means who still consider achievement in music an enduring tradition. The best of the competitors receive the annually conferred Guzik Foundation Awards, perhaps the first Russian classical music career grant to offer, in addition to scholarship funds, international performance and recording opportunities. Often the award winners already have shelves full of competition awards won in Russia. But through the support of the Guzik Foundation and the international expertise of the Cultural Exchange Narek Arutunyan. Foundation, they are presented in professional performances not only throughout Russia, but in the United States, including such centers as New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston. Past winners have participated in festivals and concert series in Italy, Scotland, and France as part of the award, and in Russia they perform at such prestigious venues as the Moscow Conservatory, Armory of the Kremlin and several palaces in St. Petersburg. Narek Arutyunian, clarinet Narek Arutyunian was born in Gyumri, Armenia, in 1992. He began to play the clarinet at the age of ten, and was admitted to the Central Musical School of the Moscow State Conservatory for an accelerated course of study. After Hovnanian School celebrates Vartanantz one year of studying at the school, Narek began participating in international competitions. He won first prize at the Rotary Club Moscow International Music Children Competition, the “Nutcracker” International TV competition; and the “Concertino Prague” International Radio Competition in the Czech Republic. He was awarded with the opportunity to perform with Yuri Bashmet and his Russian Symphony Orchestra “New Russia” and to record a CD as soloist. Narek has performed as a soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; with conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Apolin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Misha Rakhlevsky, Yuri Bashmet, and Saulous Sondeckis; and in Poland, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Canada, Czech Republic, and at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich in October 2008. In January 2010 he will present a solo performance at the Louvre in Paris. The Guzik Foundation Nahum Guzik is president and CEO of Guzik Technical Enterprises. Based in Palo Alto, California, the Guzik Foundation, established by Nahum Guzik in 1993, provides grants to individuals and organizations for study and research in the fields of medicine and the arts. Its support of the arts is primarily through awards and grants of financial support in the early stages of individuals’ career-building. The foundation also awards scholarships, assisting students in the pursuit of a post-secondary or advanced degree in arts and science. Cultural Exchange Foundation The Cultural Exchange Foundation (cef) engages in a variety of charitable efforts aimed at educating young people about great music and creating good will between cultures. Its activities include its sponsorship with the Guzik Foundation of the scholarship program serving students in Russia andArmenia that culminates in the annual Guzik Foundation Awards; free concerts and open rehearsals for children and workshops and master classes for college students both in Russia and the U.S., both by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Guzik Foundation Award winners; and free or low-cost public concerts in Russia. The CEF also sponsors special goodwill concerts. Among the highlights was an historic event at the Kremlin Palace, attended by 53 heads of state from around the world, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II on May 9, 2005. The gala concert featured baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Constantine Orbelian, and a young people’s choir, performing songs from the war years. The Foundation also helped to sponsor a U.S. tour of the “Songs of the War Years” program to venues including Washington’s Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in New York. connect: 1-212-247-7800 www.carnegiehall.org NEW MILFORD, N.J. – Hovnanian School students from the 4th to 8th grade actively participated in Vartanantz festivities on Thursday, February 19, at the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Ridgefield, N.J. They attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Church, who also delivered a powerful message about the symbolism of Vartanantz and its relevance today. Vartanantz is a celebration of the battle of Avarair in 451 C.E. Armenian nobles, led by Vartan Mamikonian, rebelled against the Persian crown, which sought to impose Zoroastrianism on Armenia. Following a lunch in the church hall with 150 people attending, the students presented a program. After opening remarks by Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor of the church, and Richard Sarajian, chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Silva Mesrobian, lower grades headmaster, introduced the school. Eighth graders Thais Derjangocyan and Ararat Gocmen gave a presentation in Armenian about the meaning of the celebration. Afterward, the students presented four songs dedicated to the heroes of the Vartanantz War. The feast being close to the beginning of the Great Lent, the students also presented two traditional song-dances dedicated to these festivities: “Djat Manana” (6th grade) and “Medz Bas” (5th and 8th grade). The presentation ended with a group recitation of the 8th grade, who offered a rendition of a poem by Taniel Varoujan, “Tzon” (Dedication). In his closing remarks, Archbishop Choloyan stressed the importance of Vartanantz and the need to make its lessons part of our life as Armenians. Hovnanian School students celebrating Vartanantz, February 19, at the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Ridgefield, N.J POSITION SOUGHT A vibrant 50-year old Armenian woman looking for work as either a babysitter or caregiver for elderly. Excellent Armenian cook. Speaks Armenian & Russian. Live in or live out in New York or New Jersey. Please call Elsa, (347) 782-4811.
The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009 13 Calendar of Events New York MARCH 5 - The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center announces its new Film Series event, which will feature a screening of an Armenian or Armenian-related film one Thursday a month at the Zohrab Center in New York. The award-winning “Vodka Lemon” will be the first film viewed in the Film Series on Thursday, at 7:00 pm. For more information please email ZCFilmSeries@gmail.com or call 212.686.0710. The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center is located at 630 Second Avenue (at 34th street) New York, New York. MARCH 8 - MUSICAL ARME- NIA, Sunday, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, featuring cellist David Bakamjian and violinist Cecee Pantikian. . Sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild. MARCH 15 - “MORTGAGE BURNING” CELEBRATION BANQUET at Saint Sarkis Church, Douglaston, Queens. Sunday, at 1:30 pm. The Pastor and Board of Trustees invite parishioners and friends to join the Saint Sarkis family in an afternoon Banquet Celebration of this momentous and joyful event in the Church history. For information, kindly contact the Church office at 718-224-2275 MARCH 28 - ARS CENTEN- NIAL GALA BANQUET at the prestigious Yale Club of NYC. MC - Dr. Herand Markarian; Key Note Speaker, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, 14th Dist. of Ca. Cocktails 7:00 PM Dinner 8:30 PM. Donation: $250. For Details Call: Mrs. MaryAnne Bonjuklian (201)934- 8930 or email: mabprof45@aol. com APRIL 16 - QUARTERLY FO- RUM SERIES - Remembering the Forgotten: The Untold Story of Clergymen Lost to the Genocide. The second forum features Yeretzgeen Joanna Baghsarian’s remarkable story of how a group of her students took a proactive role in remembering these forgotten martyrs. There is no charge for the evening, but RSVP is requested by email to email@example.com or by telephone at 212-689-7810. MAY 16- HMADS GALA DIN- NER DANCE hosted by the “Friends” at Russo’s on the Bay, featuring Addis Harmandian and his Band. Cocktails 7:30 pm. Dinner 9:00 pm. Donation: $ 150. For Reservations please call, school office: (718) 225 4826, Negdar Arukian: (718) 423 4813. MAY 16 - SAVE THE DATE! 60TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE OF THE NEW YORK ARMENIAN HOME, Flushing, NY. Celebration to be held at Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington, NY. Featuring Varoujan Vartanian and Antranig Armenian Dance Ensemble. Details to follow or call NYAH, (718) 461-1504 New Jersey NOVEMBER 15 - “ONE NA- TION, ONE CULTURE” A Cultural Festival organized by Hamazkayin Eastern USA Regional Executive, Featuring Alla Levonian from Armeniaand Babin Boghosian & Ensemble from Los Angeles, With the participation of Antranig Dance Ensemble of AGBU, Akh’tamar Dance Ensemble of St. Thomas Armenian Church, Yeraz Dance Ensemble of St. Sarkis Church, NJ Hamazkayin Nayiri Dance Group & Arekag Children’s Choir & Dhol Group. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009. 4pm. Felician College Lodi, New Jersey. Donation: $75, $50, $35, $25. For more information or tickets please contact: Hamazkayin @ 201-945-8992 or Paradon2009@ gmail.com AGAU SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE The AGAU Alumni scholarship applications are available for NJHS 2009 Graduates. For application please call President Irene Khorozian (201) 262-4625. All scholarship winners must attend the June 28, 2009 scholarship luncheon at the Landmark II in East Rutherford, N.J. Greenwich, Connecticut JANUARY 1 - MARCH 1 - EX- HIBIT - “WINDOW TO THE EXOTIC” by HOVSEP PUSH- MAN. Featuring 8 important master works from a private collection. Abby M. Taylor fine Art, 43 Greenwich, CT. For more info. call (203) 622-0906 or visit amtfine.art.com Massachusetts APRIL 26 - ARMENIAN MAR- TYRS’ DAY OBSERVANCE BY ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COM- MEMORATIVE COMMITTEE OF MERRIMACK VALLEY. 3PM, North Andover High School, Route 125, North Andover, MA. Concert by Arlina Ensemble of Armenia. Complimentary admission. Reception to follow. ACAA ARMENIAN HERITAGE CRUISE XIII - 2010 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Join Armenians worldwide on Subscription Coupon the armenian reporter annual rates U.S.A.: First Class Mail, $125; Periodicals Mail, $75 Canada: $125 (u.s.); Overseas: $250 (u.s.) name street city/state/zip the ARMENIAN HERITAGE CRUISE XIII 2010. Sailing on Saturday, January 16-23, 2010. To San Juan, PR, St. Thomas and Grand Caicos Islands on the Costa Atlantica. Prices start at $679.00 per person. Contact TravelGroup International 1-866-447-0750,ext 102 or 108. Westcoast: Mary Papazian 818-407-140; Eastcoast: Antranik Boudakian 718-575- 0142 Check Enclosed OR Charge My: Mastercard Visa Amex Discover Exp. mail coupon to: armenian reporter p.o. box 129, paramus, nj 07652 or fax coupon to (201) 226-1660 (credit card orders only)