From AGBU Sofia, we receive the following news:
AGBU-Sofia Chamber Orchestra concluded its Fourth Spring Season on May 26, 2010 with a concert at the prestigious Hall of the Modern Theater in Sofia, which was performed in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Armenia in Bulgaria and numerous guests.
Due to the sudden death of Archbishop Dirair Mardikian, Primate of the Dioceses of Bulgaria and Romania, the concert was dedicated to his memory. It opened with Henry Purcell’s “Abdelazar” suite. AGBU-Sofia Chamber Orchestra resounded with its typical soft and enchanting clean tone. Maestro Papazyan and the musicians performed this popular and well-known piece masterfully.
For the occasion AGBU-Sofia had invited the chairman of the Eparchal Council, Rupen Krikorian, and Father Der Kusan, who said the Lord’s Prayer and a few words in memory of the late archbishop. His speech was followed by the musical masterpiece “Liturgy” by Gomidas (arrangement by Zakarianz, conductor of the famous Erevan Chamber Orchestra).
A very emotional and memorable moment of the evening was the performance by the concertmaster Dessislava Popova. She played the piece “Meditation” by Masne and parts of the opera “Taiz.”
The audience welcomed with hearty applause the soloists of the evening – Milena Zlatarova (violin) and Petyo Bobev (clarinet). The clarinetist performed a very rarely played piece by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, to the accompaniment of the AGBU – Sofia Chamber Orchestra. Milena Zlatarova presented her interpretation of Vard Manukian’s “Rhapsody” in a very elegant and inspiring way. Both performers proved once again their very high class as musicians, winning the audience with their sublime stage presence and the mastery of their instruments.
The finale of the concert was the popular Armenian folk song “Hingalla,” which resounded in an arrangement especially made for AGBU-Sofia Chamber Orchestra. A young and very talented lady named Eliz Gagosian was chosen as soloist for this song.
Once again, AGBU- Sofia Chamber Orchestra gave an unforgettable musical experience and left the audience looking forward to the next concert season.