For Immediate Release
ARMENIA FUND USA PARTNERS WITH PEGASUS: THE ORCHESTRA
August 22, 2017, Paramus, NJ — Pegasus: The Orchestra is proud to partner with Armenia Fund USA in presenting its Debut Concert, which combines an exhilarating one-hour music experience with unique artwork placed throughout the venue followed by a champagne reception. The featured artwork includes Michael Aram’s Pegasus Sculpture and various paintings by Hakob Hakobyan. The proceeds from the concert will benefit the Artsakh Housing Project, an initiative that builds new homes for large families living in difficult social conditions in Artsakh.
Pegasus: The Orchestra
“This is a very exciting collaboration for Armenia Fund USA, being able to use music to bring awareness to one of our important projects. Since the launch of Artsakh Housing Project, 16 families have been provided with brand-new homes, and currently 16 more homes are under construction. For centuries the Armenian culture survived though music. “Music is the key to the soul”, and hopefully this concert will touch everyone’s soul,” Lisa Stepanian, Armenia Fund USA Executive Director.
The concert features the principal string players of Pegasus: The Orchestra along with founder and conductor Karén Hakobyan at the piano with a unique program that takes the listener from the traditional to the innovative, displaying their dexterity and enthusiasm. The program begins with the world premiere of Hakobyan’s spiritually uplifting, complex piano sextet Cras Es Noster (Tomorrow, Be Ours) followed by two special arrangements of five songs by Komitas Vardapet and the Scherzo of Debussy’s String Quartet Op. 10. The climax of the evening comes in the form of Mendelssohn’s thrilling Piano Sextet in D-major, Op. 110.
From Mendelssohn’s 1824 piece to Hakobyan’s written this year, the music of the ages fits together with the contemporary artwork creating an enhanced concert experience and memorable social gathering.
Friday, October 13 at 8:00 PM
Cary Hall at DiMenna Center
"We are thrilled to collaborate with Armenia Fund USA on our opening concert. It’s an honor to contribute through our music towards such a meaningful cause benefiting the Artsakh Housing Project. As Cultural Program Advisor of Armenia Fund, I have been fortunate to implement a number of cultural and community initiatives and could not be more pleased for this wonderful partnership,” Karén Hakobyan, Pegasus: The Orchestra Founder & Artistic Director.
Pegasus: The Orchestra is a non-profit professional orchestra in Residence at Mana Contemporary with a mission to empower rising musicians with artistic freedom and promote innovative repertoire in an environment of creative thought and expression. Led by Karén Hakobyan—founder, artistic director and principal conductor—the orchestra brings together musicians and audiences of diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages by harnessing the power of music.
ABOUT: ARMENIA FUND USA Armenia Fund USA is dedicated to supporting large-scale, self-sustaining initiatives with the greatest potential for a brighter future for Armenia and Artsakh, as they continue to undergo social and political transitions. The Fund is primarily focused on sustainable physical infrastructure for the region and humanitarian and economic development for communities, families, and individuals.
Armenia Fund USA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization under U.S. law. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.