Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a new work dedicated to the memory of the late Berj Zamkochian and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with performances on:
March 26 – March 31, 2015
Symphony Hall, Boston
Michael Gandolfi: Ascending Light for organ & orchestra;
Olivier Latry, organist
(world premiere, commissioned by the BSO through a generous grant from the Gomidas Organ Fund.)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
For more information and tickets, visit www.bso.org
Berj Zamkochian, a native of Boston, was a frequent collaborator with the BSO and a world renowned organist. He devoted his career to the Armenian people. He established the Gomidas Organ Fund to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Armenian composer, priest and ethnomusicologist Gomidas Vartabet.
A former Board member of the Friends of Armenian Culture Society, Zamkochian was instrumental in establishing the tradition of Armenian Night at the Pops through his cooperation with the late Arthur Fiedler, founder and Music Director of the Boston Pops, and family friend Robert C. Hagopian.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons will present the world premiere of Ascending Light, a new work for organ and orchestra by celebrated composer Michael Gandolfi, written in memory of the late Berj Zamkochian, a frequent collaborator with the BSO and world renowned organist. The new work will be performed on March 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2015.
Learn more about this event:
March 23, 2015 - artery.wbur.org
Composer Michael Gandolfi's 'Ascending Light' Remembers Armenian Genocide
March 19, 2015 - The Boston Globe
BSO to premiere major commissioned Gandolfi work
March 9, 2015 - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator
Organ Concerto to Memorialize Berj Zamkochian
World Premiere of "Ascending Light" in Memory of Berj Zamkochian and In Commemoration Of The Armenian Genocide Centennial
Full Program Notes (c) 2015. Used by permission of the author(s) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra