Los Angeles - Violinists Martin Beaver and Guillaume Sutre, long time leaders of the world renowned Tokyo and Ysaye String Quartets, are featured in the October 26 season-opening concert of the Dilijan Chamber Music Series at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall (200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012). The festive program will feature masterworks by Purcell (String Fantasias), Haydn (String Quartet Op. 74 No.2), and Mozart (String Quintet in g minor, K. 516), as well as a World Premiere of Vache Sharafyan's Divertissement for string quintet, commissioned by the Dilijan Series. Also participating will be violinist/violist Varty Manouelian, cellist Armen Ksajikian, bassist Michael Valerio, and Artistic Director, violinist Movses Pogossian.
The 10th Anniversary Season of the Dilijan Series features a remarkable lineup of universally admired artists of international reputation, such as violinists Ani and Ida Kavafian, violists Kim Kashkashian and Paul Coletti, cellists Clive Greensmith and Antonio Lysy, percussionist Kuniko Kato, soprano Tony Arnold, and clarinetist Michele Zukovsky, among others. In celebration of its anniversary, the Dilijan Series have commissioned ten new works, to be premiered throughout the season. Among the commissioned composers are the established Armenian masters, such as Tigran Mansurian, Ashot Zohrabian, Vache Sharafyan, Artur Avanesov, as well as young talented composers Ashot Kartalyan, Daniel Sedgwick, Aram Hovhannisyan, Kristapor Najarian, and Martin Ulikhanyan. At its December concert, the Dilijan Series will present 100 Years by Serj Tankian, the founder and lead singer of theSystem of a Down rock group. Written jointly with John Psathas, the piece is dedicated to the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Founded in 2005 by members of the Glendale-based Lark Musical Society, the Dilijan Chamber Music Series is dedicated to promoting Armenian chamber music and culture, as well as showcasing masterpieces of Western classical music. Tickets are available by calling (818) 500-9997, at the door, or online athttp://dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.com/tickets.php.