Thirty voices strong, the Armenian State Chamber Choir serves up a spellbinding program that includes extraordinary music by the influential ethnomusicologist and priest Komitas, 20th-century composers Alfred Schnittke and John Tavener, and the contemporary composer David Haladijan; a selection of traditional Armenian folk tunes; and more. The choir's recording on ECM of Tigran Mansurian's Ars Poetica was praised for its superb ensemble cohesion and blend: "gorgeous, emotive, and very deeply felt a cappella choral music... fully the product of inspiration" (All Music Guide).
Rustic Wedding Songs (Suite A, 1899–1901)
The Bride's Farewell
To the Bridegroom's Mother
The Bridegroom's Blessing
Rise Up! (1899-1901)
O Mountains, Bring Breeze (1913–14)
Plowing Song of Lori (1902–6)
(1902, Poem by Hovhannes Hovhanisyan)
Hail to the Virgin Mary
Lord, Have Mercy
Gorani of Moosh
Program notes are available online approximately one week before the performance.
Օրօր Ադինո Lullaby Adino, Komitas
Ելել Rise Up!, Komitas (will be performed at the April 14 concert)
Վը Կոնդաս K'kondas, David Haladjian
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