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Faculty to lead Herb Alpert grad students to perform in Armenia

Danielle Bayne and the VEM String Quartet
UCLA

Beginning March 22, Peter Cowe, the Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies at UCLA, and Movses Pogossian, UCLA professor of violin, will lead a group of graduate students from UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music to Armenia to perform a varied repertoire of Armenian classical music.

Mezzo soprano Danielle Bayne and VEM String Quartet will perform a concert of Armenian chamber music at the Komitas Chamber Music Hall in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. During their stay, the UCLA graduate students will play a key part in a workshop, “The Interface between Music and Nationalism,” organized jointly by Cowe and faculty from the American University of Armenia (AUA). President Armen Der Kiureghian and Thomas Samuelian, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science, both of AUA, were instrumental in helping organize activities for the visitors, Pogossian said. Ian Krouse, UCLA professor of music, will open the workshop.  

The student musicians, who have been trained by Pogossian and Vatsche Barsoumian, president of the Herb Alpert school’s community partner, the Lark Musical Society, have performed at Zipper Hall, Schoenberg Hall, the UCLA Hammer Museum and LACMA’s Bing Theater. On April 24, they will give a concert at Colorado College in Colorado Springs in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

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