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Getty Presents Array of Armenian Music in Two Fall Performances

Concerts Complement The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor Exhibition

September 17, 2001

Los Angeles--Armenia Unbound: A Musical Journey, on Saturday, September 22, 2001 opens the fall Gordon Getty series with the first of two Armenian performances complementing the Getty Museum's illuminated manuscripts exhibition The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor. The series continues with a second concert on Saturday, November 3, Sharagank yev Daghk: Sacred Hymns and Arias of the Armenian Renaissance (10th - 13th Centuries).

The performances will explore the rich musical traditions of Armenia. Outstanding vocal and instrumental ensembles, a jazz group, a wind quintet, and featured guest artists will present a mix of traditional folk tunes, troubadour songs, as well as contemporary and sacred compositions. The November concert will highlight rarely performed liturgical pieces.

Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Tickets for Armenia Unbound are $15; seniors/students $12; and for Sharagank yev Daghk are $20; seniors/students $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 310-440-7300 or by visiting the Getty Museum Information Desk. Parking is $5. The ongoing Gordon Getty concert series is presented in conjunction with current Getty Museum exhibitions.

The Getty Center is now open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The Saturday night performances offer visitors an opportunity to also see more than 60 pages of the Gladzor Gospels, one of the masterpieces of 14th-century Armenian illumination, on loan from UCLA. The exhibition runs through December 2, 2001.

Armenia Unbound: A Musical Journey on Saturday, September 22 features traditional and modern adaptations of Armenian folk, popular, and sacred songs. Among the featured performers are vocalists Gagik Badalian, the newly acclaimed interpreter of traditional Armenian music; celebrated pianist and composer Vatché Mankerian; and singer/songwriter Sako, whose music has been described by fans as romantic and compelling. The performance also highlights the 15-piece Garni Folk Ensemble, with some of the best Armenian musicians in the country; the highly respected Artashes Kartalyan Jazz Quartet; and the Winds of Passion Duduk Quintet. The duduk, an Armenian double reed flute with a 1500-year history, is significant in ceremonies and festive occasions. Music by composers such as Krikor Naregatshi, Kaprial Yeranian, and Komitas will be presented on the program. Other performers include Armen Hovhanessian and Anahid Shahnazarian, vocals; and Sarkis Petrosyan on Santour, a dulcimer-like instrument. This event is produced in collaboration with Stepan Partamian, director of Armenian Arts.

Sharagank yev Daghk: Sacred Hymns and Arias of the Armenian Renaissance (10th - 13th Centuries) on Saturday, November 3 features a program of rarely performed sacred Armenian music. Performers include Djivan Gasparyan, the Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned duduk master; the 15-member Armenian Renaissance Female Chorus; and the Armenian Winds Quartet, comprised of some of L.A.'s most gifted musicians. The concert will present over 20 moving sharagank or spiritual songs performed with traditional Armenian instruments as well as Western string instruments. In addition to music from the 10th to the 13th centuries, compositions by later artists such as Komitas will be celebrated. The event marks the 1700th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Church, and is produced in collaboration with Lucina Agbabian Hubbard, an ethnomusicologist at the University of Southern California.

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