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The Pogossian/Manouelian Family presents a streamed concert in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
April 23, 2020, 7PM PDT (10PM EDT)

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In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Pogossian/Manouelian family will perform a streamed charity concert on April 23rd, 7:00 PM PDT (10:00 PM EDT).

Honoring the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Pogossian/Manouelian family—UCLA professor of violin and director of the UCLA Armenian Music Program Movses Pogossian, LA Philharmonic violinist Varty Manouelian, and their children cellist Edvard Pogossian, violist Cara Pogossian, and clarinetist Anoush Pogossian—will perform music by Komitas, Bach, and Mozart, along with World Premieres of new works for clarinet quintet written specifically for this occasion by Ian Krouse, Artashes Kartalyan, and Aida Shirazi.

The concert which aims to bring solace and unity during this time of distress and distancing will be streamed on YouTubeFacebook, and Instagram.

The audience is invited to make voluntary contributions which will benefit:
Music For Food (in support of food services of the Midnight Mission, Skid Row, Los Angeles) – Donate Here
COVID-19 Campaign in support of free-lance musicians, by Gabriela Lena Frank’s Creative Academy of Music – Donate Here 
UCLA Armenian Music Program – Donate Here 
Lark Musical Society/Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Glendale, CA – Donate Here

Violinist Movses Pogossian is a Laureate of several international competitions, including the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, and has performed extensively as soloist and recitalist in Europe, Northern America, and Asia. Avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Alexei Lubimov, Rohan de Saram, and with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets. He is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, currently in its 15th season. Champion of new music, Pogossian has premiered over 80 works, and worked closely with such composers as Kurtág, Mansurian, Harbison, Saariaho, Chihara, among others. He was described by LA Times’ Mark Swed as “…a sophisticated virtuoso, subtle and bold in his phrasing.” Pogossian’s discography includes the recently released Complete Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach, as well as solo violin CDs “Blooming Sounds”, “In Nomine”, “Inspired by Bach”, and Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments”, with soprano Tony Arnold. Movses Pogossian is currently Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as Founder and Director of the UCLA Armenian Music Program.

Varty Manouelian made her American debut in 1993 with the North Carolina Symphony as First Prize winner of the Bryan International Competition. She has also been a prizewinner at a number of other competitions, including the Kotzian International Competition and the Wieniawski International Violin Competition. Manouelian has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States, Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, Poland, Spain, and Italy. Committed chamber musician, she participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, and has collaborated with such musicians as Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Adès, and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, and Brentano string quartets. Since joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004, Manouelian has frequently performed at the LA Phil’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella Series, as well as at Camerata Pacifica and the Dilijan Series. Her recent Bridge Records CD of Complete Violin Works of Stefan Wolpe (jointly with Movses Pogossian) made the 2015 Top Ten list in Sunday Times (UK). Varty Manouelian currently teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and at the Colburn School.

Edvard Pogossian (cello) is currently Young Artist in Residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium, studying with renowned cellist Gary Hoffman, and is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music (London) with Richard Lester. As a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Edvard performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations at David Geffen Hall in New York and at the Harris Theater in Chicago with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Itzhak Perlman. The Chicago Tribune praised Edvard’s performance for his “astonishing musical and technical maturity,” as well as his “winning lightness of touch to everything he played, combined with a velvety tone.” Some of the performance highlights include solo appearances with Boston Pops and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras, as well as chamber performances at Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall, Louvre, and on NPR’s From the Top radio show. Edvard will be returning this summer to the Marlboro Music Festival, and has also participated at Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and Apple Hill festivals. He has studied previously with Rick Mooney, Ronald Leonard, Natasha Brofsky, and was a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship from the Juilliard School.

21-year-old violist Cara Pogossian is currently a Junior at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Hsin-Yun Huang, and is a Co-Principal of the Curtis Orchestra. As a member of the Aurielle String Quartet, she is a Bronze Medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Cara has attended the Taos School of Music (NM), the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program (VT), and the Perlman Music Program (NY), and will be attending Ravinia’s Stearns Music Institute this summer. Previously, she studied with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Music Academy, and also with Che-Yen (Brian) Chen. Cara has also taken private lessons with Kim Kashkashian, Misha Amory, Roger Tapping, Carla Maria Rodrigues, and Roberto Diaz. Cara was recently featured on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show, performing Brahms’ Viola Sonata with the host Christopher O’Riley, and has also performed at several high-profile concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall (LA), and in Toronto. Cara is an organizer of several Music for Food performances at the Montrose (CA) Farmers Market, raising funds for local food banks.

17-year-old clarinetist Anoush Pogossian studies with Michael Yoshimi at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she is a member of the Ed and Mari Edelman Honors Chamber Music Institute. She has toured throughout Europe and the United States as a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA) under Sir Antonio Pappano, performing as Principal Clarinet in Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and Seiji Ozawa Hall, and will be returning for the orchestra’s 2020 North American tour. She performed with Leila Josefowicz on NPR’s “From the Top” and will be participating in the Yellowbarn Music Festival’s Young Artists Program for the third time. Anoush was recently named a Grand Prize winner of the LA Music Center’s “Spotlight” competition, and her recognition as a 2018 YoungArts finalist and participation in National YoungArts Week led to her nomination to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar in Art in 2020. She has worked with Michele Zukovsky, Stephen Williamson, Ricardo Morales, Boris Allakhverdyan, Burt Hara, and Alan Kay, and performed under Karina Canellakis, James Conlon, Christian Macelaru, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Carlos Izcaray, and JoAnn Falletta.




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 ([email protected]) 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.

Instagram: @dilijanchambermusic
Facebook: @dilijanmusic




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 [email protected]. For UCLA Armenian Music Program, please contact Hasmik Baghdassarian, Coordinator, [email protected].


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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