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Musical Tribute to Scientists - Northridge, 2010

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Enjoy a unique concert in an intimate setting, at Giannelli Square Recital Hall, in Northridge, CA. Premiere performances of Edward Manukyan's chamber music, as well as works dedicated to great American scientists, such as Noam Chomsky, James Watson, and Steven Weinberg.

The program will also include the world premiere of the English version of Love Songs (translated by Manukyan) by the world-renowned composer/conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, who will be in Los Angeles for a number of joined concerts with Manukyan later next year.


Concert Soloists

Melissa Reiner - Violin

Melissa Reiner is one of the most unique violinists in Los Angeles, who maintains a remarkable balance between her careers in classical music and the pop world. She holds a BM degree from the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, etc., and in 2008, served as the Concertmaster for the Jonas Brothers Tour. She can be heard in films such as Rocky Balboa, Pretty Persuasion, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. She has also performed numerous times on shows like The Grammy Awards, American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Tonight Show.

Melissa has also been active in the classical music field, and in 2008 she recorded and produced her first solo album, "Great Love Constant Thought". She was selected to give the world premiere performance of the Violin Concerto by A.R Rahman, Oscar-winning composer for "Slumdog Millionaire". She has toured Europe, Asia and North America with many different ensembles, including Andrea Bocelli (with the New West Symphony) and the Percy Faith Orchestra. Her rich repertoire ranges from works by Ysaye, Prokofiev, Korngold and Brahms to music by contemporary composers. Read More >>

Don Foster - Clarinet

Donald T. Foster is one of the best clarinetists in Southern California. He is the principal clarinetist of both the Pasadena and Santa Barbara Symphonies and frequently performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. He has served as the principal clarinetist of Philharmonie der Nationen of Humburg, Germany, performing in hundreds of concerts around Europe, in virtually every major city of the continent. He is also very active in the motion picture and television studios, and can be heard on many soundtracks for feature films.

In addition to his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, Foster has received Fellowships from both the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals. He is currently on the faculty of the Moreno Valley campus at Riverside Community College and divides his time with residences in Palm Springs and the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Read More >>

Working with the Amarillo Opera for over a decade, Lyndi Williams performed in many concerts around Texas and the mid-western states. She holds a Bachelors Degree from West Texas A&M University and has been performing with Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Civic Chorus, West Texas Chorale, West Texas Chamber Singers, Sfortzando Singers and other groups.

Ms. Williams is the prize-winner of a number of competitions and has premiered works by noted composers, including the famous composer/conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, who called her voice "a heart-warmingly beautiful dramatic soprano." She has recently been performing in concerts throughout United States and overseas, collaborating with Edward Manukyan as one of the organizers of Musical Tribute to Scientists project and a frequent performing musician. Read More >>

We'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank John and Rhonda Giannelli for their generous help and support.

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