Pegasus at Mana:
Pegasus Gala Concert
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Mana Theater, Floor 1
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Parking at Mana is complimentary.
Pegasus at Mana: Pegasus Gala Concert
Pegasus: the Orchestra presents Sergei Prokofiev’s unique and enduring Peter and the Wolf for full orchestra, conducted by Karén Hakobyan and narrated by Eli Amdur. The evening will include a pre-concert talk and up-close demonstration of the instruments that imitate the characters in this beloved work. The second half will feature soprano Kristina Bachrach premiering Hakobyan’s Vocalise for voice and orchestra, and his own arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a sparkling jewel of the classical-jazz intersection.
Peter and the Wolf
Vocalise for Voice, Op. 9
Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Karén Hakobyan)
Kristina Bachrach, soprano
Karén Hakobyan, conductor/piano
In recent seasons emerging soprano Kristina Bachrach has made debuts at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and performed more than fifty recitals across the US. Earlier this season she made her off-Broadway debut, co-starring in Because I Could Not Stop for Death, with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Ms. Bachrach has undertaken numerous residencies at venues and events including the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, and the Banff Centre. On the operatic stage, Ms. Bachrach has appeared with such companies as the Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Naples, and Nashville Opera. She created the role of Lucinda in the world premiere of Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly. She is the grand prize winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance and the inaugural Ziering Conlon International Art Song Competition for Recovered Voices.
Described as “a musician of abundant gifts and bountiful ideas” by New York Concert Review, and “an immensely talented and dynamic performer” by Deseret Morning News, Armenian American pianist, composer, and conductor Karén Hakobyan is a versatile force on the international music scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, he has performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Japan, and the US. He is a top prizewinner of multiple international piano and composition competitions and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the University of Utah. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR (New York’s classical radio station), WMFT (Chicago’s classical station), Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 station, and Armenian National Radio. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pegasus: The Orchestra, based in New York.
Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.