Pegasus at Mana Orchestra Series: Gala Concert
Join distinguished guests and world-class musicians in celebration of the close of Pegasus: the Orchestra’s first season.
Pegasus: the Orchestra will celebrate the culmination of their 2017–18 season with their Gala concert, featuring soloist Dror Baitel and a symphony orchestra. The program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by virtuoso pianist, Dror Baitel, Beethoven’s powerful Symphony No. 5, conducted by Karén Hakobyan, along with others to be announced.
The Gala concert will take place at Mana Contemporary, and will close with a reception and jazz entertainment. The Gala will also honor four community leaders: Steven Fulop, the Mayor of Jersey City, Louis K. Meisel, art dealer, and Drs. Sherman and Joan Silber. Ticket proceeds will support Pegasus’s upcoming plans to create new jazz, world music, youth, and education programs.
Pianist Dror Baitel has established himself as a leading talent through his virtuosity and versatility across diverse musical genres. Born and raised in Israel, Dror moved to the U.S. to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Piano at Mannes College in New York under Vladimir Feltsman and Jerome Rose. Since then he has played on many stages, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and others. Baitel has also worked on Broadway in Mary Poppins, The King and I, Matilda, Hamilton, and, most recently, in the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, where he served as Music Director and Conductor. In 2017, Baitel received his Master of Collaborative Piano degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. Baitel was an award recipient of the American Israel Cultural Foundation and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts as a C.V. Starr Fellow at Juilliard.
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 and composer Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international musical 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 United States. 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 many orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR (New York’s classical radio atation), WMFT (Chicago’s classical radio station), Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 radio 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.