Pegasus at Mana
Chamber Concert:
Folk Inspirations

Saturday, March 17, 2018



Mana Theater, 1st Floor
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Parking at Mana is complimentary.

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Pegasus at Mana
Chamber Concert: Folk Inspirations


Join the Pegasus Principals—Eiko Kano (violin) and Narek Arutyunian (clarinet) with founder and artistic director Karén Hakobyan (piano)—for a creative evening of chamber programming. Listeners will be swept from the intricate Spanish folk melodies of de Falla to the raw and energetic Romanian melodies of Bartók; from the joyful Armenian folk melodies of Khachaturian to Schoenfield’s modern take on Klezmer. The program will also feature showpieces by Poldini, Bloch, Gluck, and selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Let Pegasus fly you from Europe to Manhattan’s Upper West Side with a global musical journey, from Russia to Hungary, Armenia, and Austria, to Spain and the U.S., and several countries in between.


E. POLDINI (1869–1957)
“The Dancing Doll”

E. BLOCH (1880–1959)
“Nigun” from Baal Shem: Three
of Chassidic Life

Eiko Kano, violin
Karén Hakobyan, piano

M. DE FALLA (1876–1946)
Suite populaire espagnole
Transcribed by N. Arutyunian

Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Karén Hakobyan, piano

S. RACHMANINOFF (1873–1943) 
Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14
Transcribed by M. Press

B. BARTÓK (1881–1945)
Romanian Folk Dances

Eiko Kano, violin
Karén Hakobyan, piano

A. KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Allegro Vivace from Violin
Concerto in D Minor III
Transcribed by N. Arutyunian

Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Káren Hakobyan, piano

L. BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
“Somewhere” & “America”
from West Side Story Suite
Transcribed by R. Penaforte

Eiko Kano, violin
Karén Hakobyan, piano

I “Freylakh” from Trio for Clarinet,
Violin, and Piano

Eiko Kano, violin
Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Karén Hakobyan, piano


Described as an artist with “electrifying intensity and lyrical expression” by Kyoto newspaper, Japanese violinist Eiko Kano is known for her sensational and dynamic performances. Eiko is prizewinner of multiple international competitions such as the 4th International Competition of Tokyo and the Forval Scholarship, in which she was granted the Stradivarius Reinville for two years.

Kano currently serves as an assistant concertmaster in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays in the New York Philharmonic. She is also an artistic advisory board member and principal player in the newly founded Pegasus: The Orchestra, based in New York. Eiko received her BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music and is a long-time resident of New York. Her CD original production A Manhattan Story was released in 2017.


Narek Arutyunian
Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist whom the Washington Post has said “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity.” Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others. He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Recipient of the 2017 Leon Russianoff Memorial Award and Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. By age sixteen, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Mr. Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three. He graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich. He is currently a Master’s candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, where he continues his studies with Mr. Neidich. Mr. Arutyunian’s clarinet is a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. He receives general support for his career from the Guzik Foundation in California.


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.

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