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Pegasus: The Orchestra
September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On Sunday, September 15, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents Pegasus: The Orchestra. This professional contemporary orchestra is based in New York City with a mission to empower rising musicians with artistic freedom and promote innovative repertoire in an environment of creative thought and expression. Led by Karén Hakobyan – founder, artistic director, and principal conductor – the orchestra brings together musicians and audiences of diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages by harnessing the power of music.
For its Friends of Music engagement, Pegasus: The Orchestra features seventeen of its members to present Americana, three American masterpieces. The Americana program reflects on the American landscape in its triumph and turbulence, with a presentation of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Karén Hakobyan (who will perform & conduct from the piano) will also share his new arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue—a jewel of classical jazz. A nod to America’s past, Pegasus reminds audiences of the American music melting pot.
This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group, Inc., and by a generous grant from the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation.
Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $12 per person, $6 for seniors & students. There is no charge for those under age 13. Cash or check only; no advance ticket sales or reservations.
Friends of Music’s 33rd Season continues on the third Sunday of every month with Rachel Lee Priday, violin, and Marija Stroke, piano, on October 20; Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone, and Spencer Myer, piano, on November 17, followed by a special free concert on December 1st.
Performances are generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford, NY.
The Stamford United Methodist Church is handicap accessible and has ample parking. For more information about Friends of Music of Stamford, and for a complete listing of concerts planned for this season, visit www.friendsmusic.org.
Pegasus: the Orchestra founder, conductor, composer, and pianist Armenian-American pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international music scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, he has performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Japan, and the United States. He is a top prizewinner of multiple international piano and composition competitions and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the University of Utah. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR (New York’s classical radio station), WMFT (Chicago’s classical radio station), Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 radio station, and Armenian National Radio. He is joined by concertmaster Eiko Kano and Gary Capozziello (violin I); Stani Dimitrova and Mialtin Zhezha (violin II); Yumi Oshima and Carol Gimbel (viola); Sam Bae and Julia Kang (cello) Patrick Duff on contrabass;
Kaori Fujii on flute; Arthur Sato (oboe); Narek Arutyunian, clarinet; Joshua Hodge on bassoon; Cort Roberts on bassoon; Maximilian Morel on trumpet; and Daniel Linden on trombone.