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A Concert to Remember

This concert is planned to mark the following significant historical anniversaries. The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust in 1945, the 100th anniversary of the writing of “In Flanders Fields” also in 1915, and the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Each musical piece in the program was chosen with those specific dates in mind, as a musical acknowledgement of these historical events.

The exciting Armenian concert pianist Karén Hakobyan will perform “The Warsaw Concerto” by Richard Addinsell. The WHSO will give the Connecticut debut of Hakobyan’s “Symphony #2,” composed within a two month period when he was sixteen years old. Violinist Carin Wiesner will perform the haunting “Three Pieces from Schindler’s List” by American composer John Williams. Baritone Mark McNally will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and sing “In Flanders Fields.”

Karén Hakobyan, Pianist


Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international musical scene.

Read Karén’s full bio on his official Web site

Since his acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, he has been performing in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, and the United States.

New York reviewer Phillip Dieckow wrote in his review of Mr. Hakobyan’s Carnegie performance:

“It is very difficult for me to be objective with this pianist. I am seldom moved to tears by performances any longer and even more seldom so delighted with breath-taking playing that I feel like dancing. Both were evoked during this young man’s performance.”

The WHSO is thrilled to bring such an amazing talent to the local area, and we cannot wait for October!