For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010
Media Contact: Lyndi Williams, organizer of Musical Tribute to Scientists project. Phone: (806) 290-1772
NORTHRIDGE, CALI. - January 09, 2010. Some of Edward Manukyan's most representative chamber works, composed for various combinations of clarinet, violin, voice and piano performed by a handful of musicians from Los Angeles. Among the pieces to be heard in the program are Manukyan's energetic duet "Double Helix," for clarinet and violin - a piece dedicated last year to DNA pioneer James D. Watson, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. It will be performed by Donald T. Foster, the principal clarinetist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, violinist Melissa Reiner, and pianist Chie Nagatani, the head of the music department at East Los Angeles College. Soprano Lyndi Williams (also the concert hostess) will sing not only songs by Edward Manukyan, but also a couple of songs by Manukyan's friend, the world-renowned composer/conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, who will tour with Edward Manukyan in United States and Armenia for the 2010/2012 seasons.
The most important part of the Northridge concert program will be the first public performance of Manukyan's recent solo violin piece, "Monologue," a work dedicated to the famous linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky and premiered by Chomsky's son, Harry Chomsky on a private performance in San Francisco. The additional works by Loris Tjeknavorian are from the composer's Love Songs collection and their English-translated versions will be performed for the first time.
Tickets cost $20 (General Admission) and may be purchased over the phone, by calling (818) 772 1722, or on web at: http://edwardmanukyan.com/concerts/northridge_2010.html.
Edward Manukyan is an Armenian-born composer of growing international reputation. His works have been performmed throughout every major city in the United States, as well as in Armenia, France, Italy, Hungary, Norway, Republic of Georgia, Israel, etc. Born in Armenia, in 1981, Manukyan moved to live in the United States in 2002 and continued his music study, earning a Master of Music degree in composition from the California State University, Los Angeles. He has dozens of orchestral and chamber works to his credit, and is known especially for his music for string instruments. In 2008, Manukyan created an unprecedented project, called Musical Tribute to Scientists, which honors great scientific minds with original music and concerts dedicated to them.
For additional information about Edward Manukyan, please visit www.EdwardManukyan.com.