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Pegasus at Mana

Mana Contemporary is proud to announce its first musicians-in-residence, Pegasus: the Orchestra, led by founder, artistic director, and conductor Karén Hakobyan. Pegasus has launched a program titled Pegasus at Mana, which encompasses a piano, chamber, and orchestra series, and will eventually expand to include jazz and youth series in 2019.

Pegasus at Mana is committed to presenting world-class performances, building a unique platform for collaborations, fostering a creative environment for musicians, and providing educational opportunities to local communities. They will present programming that includes an adventurous mix of familiar and novel works, and select rehearsals will be open to the public as a means to offer audiences an exclusive glimpse into the creative process of the artists at work.
 

Pegasus at Mana: 2018–19 Season

ORCHESTRA SERIES

November 30, 2018
ORCHESTRA SERIES SEASON OPENER—FALL WINDS

Pegasus principals join forces in a program for wind combinations, with founder Karén Hakobyan at the piano. Music by Barber, Mozart, and Poulenc for large ensemble (six players).
Reception: 7PM | Concert: 7:30PM


February 9, 2019
Eight (4x2) Seasons—
From Vivaldi to Piazzolla

A unique experience of two completely different takes on The Four Seasons by 18th-century Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (solo violin, string orchestra, and harpsichord) and 20th-century Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla (solo violin and string orchestra) featuring Pegasus’s lead principal, Eiko Kano, conducted by Karén Hakobyan.
Reception: 6:30 PM | Concert: 7PM


April 6, 2019
PEGASUS GALA CONCERT *
Pegasus: the Orchestra presents a Gala Concert. The evening will begin with a brief talk aimed at family audiences, featuring demonstrations of the instruments that imitate the characters in Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. This unique and enduring work will then be performed by a full orchestra, conducted by Karén Hakobyan and narrated by Eli Amdur. Also on the program are soprano Kristina Bachrach’s premier of Hakobyan’s Vocalise for voice and orchestra, and Hakobyan’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a jewel of the classical-jazz intersection.
Reception: 6:30 PM | Concert: 7PM
* Part of Pegasus’s Education and Youth Programs


Chamber Series

October 19, 2018
CHAMBER SERIES SEASON OPENER—
ART OF THE DUO
Pegasus principal Narek Arutyunian (clarinet) joins Karén Hakobyan (piano) on stage for a creative evening of chamber music. Works by Bartók, Arutyunian, Poulenc, and Khatchaturian.
Reception: 7PM | Concert: 7:30PM


March 16, 2019
(2-2+3) Chamber: Pegasus at Mana
Guest artist Hasmik Vardanyan (cello) with Pegasus’s principal Stanichka Dimitrova (violin) and founder Karén Hakobyan (piano) in a recital of chamber duos and trios including Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano and Lutosławski’s Subito for Violin and Piano.
Reception: 6:30 | Concert: 7PM


June 1, 2019
THE NEW YORKERS
Featuring THE NEW YORKERS, Eiko Kano (violin) and Karén Hakobyan (piano) prior their departure for a summer tour of Japan. The duo will present a chamber program structured around two neoclassical masterpieces, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major Op. 94a. The program will also include Brahms’s Second Sonata and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Reception: 6:30 | Concert: 7PM

 

PIANO SERIES

September 28, 2018
PIANO SERIES SEASON OPENER—OPERATIC TRANSCRIPTIONS
Pianist, composer, and entertainer Konstantin Soukhovetski will present his own arrangements of beloved operas such as La Boheme, a medley of Broadway hits by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and music by Russian American composer Polina Nazaykinskaya from her recent hit ballet Nostalghia, commissioned by Rioult Dance and premiered at Joyce Theater in New York City.
Reception: 7PM | Concert: 7:30PM


January 17, 2019
VIRTUOSO
Composer and pianist Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mndoyants.
Reception: 7PM | Concert: 7:30PM


February 23, 2019
COMPOSER-PIANIST
Featuring the winner of the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition, composer-pianist Nicolas Namoradze, in a recital hailed as "sparkling…sensitive and coloristic" (New York Times) and "simply gorgeous” (Wall Street Journal). Works by Bach, Namoradze, Schumann, and Scriabin.
Reception: 6:30 | Concert: 7PM


May 4, 2019
PIANO SERIES SEASON FINALE—
ART OF THE ETUDE
Award-winning pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan will deliver a unique concert experience by combining an exhilarating musical performance with thought-provoking remarks. An exciting combination of traditional and modern virtuoso piano music by renowned pianist-composers, Art of the Etude features works by Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin/Wild, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff, as well as premieres of new works by Manookian, Drozdoff, and Hakobyan himself.
Reception: 6:30 | Concert: 7PM


Jazz Series

April 19, 2019
Jazz Series Opener–
Alina Engibaryan Quartet

Featuring the acclaimed Alina Engibaryan Quartet (voice, drums, piano, and bass) led by jazz singer and composer Engibaryan presenting her own originals.
Reception: 7:30pm | Concert: 8:00pm


Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

 

Previous Season

Pegasus at Mana: 2017-18 Season

piano series

September 28, 2017
PIANO SERIES DEBUT CONCERT

December 14, 2017
CANDLELIGHT

February 15, 2018
VIRTUOSO TRANSCRIPTIONS

CHAMBER SERIES

March 17, 2018
FOLK Inspirations

June 23, 2018
THE NEW YORKERS

ORCHESTRA SERIES

October 21, 2017
PEGASUS: THE ORCHESTRA DEBUT CONCERT

January 27, 2018
WINTER CONCERT

April 12, 2018
AMERICANA

May 24, 2018
PEGASUS GALA CONCERT