POSTPONED: Dilijan Season XV, Concert 6

March 13, 2020

Dear Dilijan Chamber Music Series community members,

Nothing is of more importance than the health, safety, and general well-being of our audience, musicians, and everyone involved with the Dilijan Chamber Music Concert Series. As we continue to monitor the latest developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the situation has become more serious and we have decided to take appropriate measures.
Due to the potential spread of the coronavirus and recommendations from the World Health Organization, Center for the Disease Control, and other leading health authorities, LARK MUSICAL SOCIETY AND THE DILIJAN CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WILL STOP AND POSTPONE ALL OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Dilijan Season XV, Concert 6 “Listening With Eyes” will be postponed (originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19th) until further notice.

At your discretion, your current ticket(s) can be:
-donated back to the Dilijan Chamber Music Series
-exchanged for ticket(s) to a Dilijan Season XVI event
-refunded (2-4 weeks required)

If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email ( or phone (818-500-9997).

As always, we greatly appreciate your support, and look forward to performing for you again soon!

Best regards,

Dilijan Chamber Music Series

For a large selection of performances from previous seasons, please visit the Dilijan YouTube channel.

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Dilijan Chamber Music Series Presents Important Armenian Premieres and a Masterpiece by Brahms

LOS ANGELES—The critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series presents its Heart that Sings concert on November 3rd at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, at 3PM. Important US Premiere by the living classic of Armenian music, Tigran Mansurian, headlines the concert, which also features new works by Los Angeles composers Artashes and Ashot Kartalyan, as well as beloved masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire, String Sextet No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.

Mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen of the UCLA VEM Ensemble is joined by her VEM colleagues violinists Ji Eun Hwang and Aiko Richter, violist Morgan O’Shaughnessey, and cellist Jason Pegis. Also featured are distinguished musicians Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Movses Pogossian (Dilijan Artistic Director and UCLA Professor of Violin), and Varty Manouelian (LA Philharmonic). The concert will also include an exclusive preview presentation of “Modulation Necklace”, a CD of Armenian Music by the Naxos-distributed New Focus Recordings label, featuring the UCLA VEM Ensemble and an array of internationally renowned artists.

The 15th Anniversary Season of the Dilijan Series presents an exciting mix of old and new, known and unknown. Beloved masterpieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Haydn will be performed alongside works by Komitas, Arutiunian, Mansurian, Sharafyan, and other Armenian composers. In addition to some of Dilijan favorite returning artists such as singers Tony Arnold and Shoushik Barsoumian, pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, violist Paul Coletti, cellists Antonio Lysy, Clive Greensmith and Peter Stumpf, the Series will be welcoming several musicians in their Dilijan debut: LA Phil oboist Anne Gabriele, remarkable pianist and Artistic Director of the Yellow Barn Festival Seth Knopp, Canadian violinist/violist Scott St. John, clarinetist Yasmina Spiegelberg (Switzerland), cellist Yoshika Masuda (Japan), among others. The three Dilijan commissions of the season are works by Martin Ulikhanyan (homage to Tigran Mansurian’s film music), Dan Sedgwick, and a short film by Alik Barsoumian, which will be premiered alongside a live performance of the Prelude from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde opera.

Established in 2005 by members of the Lark Musical Society (Vatsche Barsoumian, Founder/Director), the Dilijan Chamber Music Series is dedicated to showcasing traditional masterworks of Western classical chamber music, as well as pearls from the treasury of Armenian music. A strong believer in new music, the Series has commissioned and premiered 54 works since its inception. For more information and ticketing, please visit there is ample paid parking available in the nearby garages, including Disney Hall across the street from the Colburn School. Enjoy visiting the Dilijan YouTube channel for a large selection of performances from the previous seasons.

For Lark/Dilijan inquiries, please contact Ashot Kartalyan, Director For UCLA Armenian Music Program, please contact Hasmik Baghdassarian, Coordinator,


Concert 1

space odyssey 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Britten – Phantasy Quatet, Op. 2 (1932)
Haydn – String Quartet Op. 50, No. 5 “Dream”
Sharafyan nighttime illuminations (2010)
Britten – String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94 (1975)

Anne Marie Gabriele, Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Che-Yen Chen, Clive Greensmith

Concert 2

heart that sings

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Mansurian – Four Hayrens (1967) (US Premiere of Voice/Quartet version)
Ashot Kartalyan – Psalm (2018, rev. 2019) – World Premiere
Artashes Kartalyan – Tekeyan Triptych (2018)
Brahms – String Sextet No. 2 in G Major Op. 36

Danielle Segen, Movses Pogossian, Ji Eun Hwang, Aiko Richter, Varty Manouelian, Morgan O’Shaughnessey, Robert DeMaine, Jason Pegis, Steven Vanhauwaert

Concert 3


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Arutiunian – Poem-Sonata for Violin and Piano (1980)
Bruch – Romantic Pieces, Op. 83
Shostakovich – Seven Romances on poems by A. Blok, Op. 127 (1967)
Berio – Sequenza III for voice (1965)
Brahms – String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51

Shoushik Barsoumian, Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Cara Pogossian, Edvard Pogossian, Anoush Pogossian, Vatche Jambazian

Concert 4


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Haladjian – Domine Deus
Komitas – Selections from Divine Liturgy
Bach Motet – Jesu Meine Freude, BWV 227
Beethoven – String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

UCLA Seraphic Fire Young Singers, James Bass, director

Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Paul Coletti, Peter Stumpf

Concert 5

goodnight moon

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Webern – Four Pieces, Op. 7
Schoenberg – The Book of Hanging Gardens, Op. 15
Berg – Adagio for Violin, Clarinet, Piano (1935)
Sedgwick – Walters Songs, for Voice and Violin – World Premiere
Schubert– Notturno for Piano Trio, Op. 148

Tony Arnold, Seth Knopp, Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Yasmina Spiegelberg, Yoshika Masuda

Concert 6

listening with eyes: hommage a film

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ulikhanyan – Fantasy on T. Mansurian’s Film Music – World Premiere
Herrmann – Psycho Suite
Wagner – Prelude, Tristan und Isolde (Alik Barsoumian film) – World Premiere
Korngold – Sextet in D Major, Op. 10

Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Scott St. John, Sharon Wei, Antonio Lysy, Coleman Itzkoff, Clarinet, TBA, VEM String Quartet, UCLA Camarades

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