March 26, 2014 - 16:20 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Featuring an array of sounds and stories from the Black Sea region of Europe, World Music Institute, New York, concludes its intimate Global Salon series this season with Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian on Sunday, April 13, Broadway World reports.
National Heritage Award Winner, Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian brings his hugely diverse repertoire to the Thalia Theater for an intimate performance of classical and folk music from the Middle East. Hagopian is a widely renowned interpreter of traditional Armenian dance music.
Hagopian has collected - and, in turn, passed down - these traditional songs by way of oral tradition. In much the same way, he will relate stories from his multifaceted career throughout this concert, from performing in Hollywood, to the Las Vegas Cleopatra Revue and traditional Armenian events where he is called to play Armenian folk dances. Paying tribute to two of his long-time friends and colleagues, oudists Chick Ganimian and George Mgrditchian, Hagopain discusses their unique contributions to the New York Middle Eastern music scene and will perform some of the songs they made popular.
Hagopian's World Music Institute appearance is a chance to hear a large-stage artist in the ambience of an intimate, acoustic concert space, with a question and answer period for audience members to take part in discussion. This is a must for anyone interested in music of the Middle East, Belly Dance and folk music, Broadway World says.