Classical Music Series: The SIMA Trio - Music of Armenian Masters (with special guests)

Sat, June 2, 2012 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Sami Merdinian
, Violin
Ani Kalayjian, 'Cello
Sofya Melikyan, Piano

with special guests

Christine Moore, Soprano
Vasko Dukovski, Duduk and Clarinet

A musical journey through the rich and diverse palette of the western classical music of Armenia, represented in this performance by some of the country's leading composers, including works by Babadjanian, Komitas, Tchebodarian and Abrahamian, among others.

Listen/Watch: Babadjanian Trio in F# minor, 3rd Mvmt


Regular: $20 (Buy Online Now*)
Member/Student/Senior: $15 (Buy Online Now*)

Tickets also available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

About the SIMA Trio

Praised for their “powerful” and “heartfelt” interpretations of classical and ethnic repertoire, Sima is quickly becoming one of the leading, young trios of its generation. Connected by their Armenian heritage, the members of this NY based ensemble have studied with such teachers as Dorothy Delay, Peter Oundjian, Joaquin Soriano, Solomon Mikowksy, Timothy Eddy, and Ralph Kirshbaum.

International award winning violinist Sami Merdinian, cellist Ani Kalayjian, and pianist Sofya Melikyan, are highly sought after soloists and chamber musicians who have performed at such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Palau de la Musica de Barcelona, Concertgebauw, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Theatre, Salle Cortot, La Jolla Sherwood auditorium, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Yerevan Philharmonic Hall, among others.

Performing as much as they can in diverse settings, Sima sets out to convey the musical beauty and uniqueness of their Armenian roots, through a repertoire rich with traditional discoveries as well as fresh new works. As modern musicians, they each are passionate and dedicated to community engagement and education. These two are easily intertwined in the form of university or school residences, master classes, lessons, and community outreach concerts.

The Sima Trio recently was awarded a top prize at J.C. Arriaga Chamber music competition in Stamford, Connecticut. Highlights of this past season include tours in the USA, Japan, Australia and Canada, appearances at Monteleon Chamber Music Festival in Leon, and the Palace of Festivals of Santander, in Spain, collaborations with Kim Kashkashian, the Australian premiere of Lera Auerbach’s piano trio, as well as residency at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. Upcoming engagements include concerts in the U.S., (South Windsor Cultural Arts, Saugerties ProMusica series, Arts Council of Princeton, Farmingdale University), Argentina, as well as a re-invitation to Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival this June.

Christine Moore

Soprano Christine Moore has been praised by critics for her lush sound and powerful expression. A Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Sacramento native counts among her many roles Mimi in La Bohème with the Leipzig Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with the Sacramento Opera, Madama Butterfly with the Central City Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the title role in Suor Angelica, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, among others. Orchestral performances include Barber's Knoxville-Summer of 1915, the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Brahms and Verdi, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn's Elijah. She has performed numerous solo recitals of song literature in many languages, most recently as part of the Festival de Cancion Española in Granada in 2009 and at the Ateneo de Madrid last July.

Christine is an active collaborator in the performance of new music, and has sung and premiered many works by living composers, notably Richard Thompson's song cycle The Shadow of Dawn at Merkin Hall, the NY premiere of his opera The Mask in the Mirror, and the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Tahwidah (written for her and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh). She made her U.K. concert debut in 2005 performing in Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire at the Paxton Chamber Music Festival in Scotland, and in 2006 released her first CD, Arias, with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In February of 2011 she was invited to perform in the 90th Birthday Tribute to esteemed composer Halim El-Dabh at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and in August made her debut as soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the New York Choral Society at Symphony Space. In September she completed her second recording, From Al Andalus to the Americas–An Odyssey of Spanish Song, with Meridian Records (UK), due for release in Fall 2012. Future projects include performances with the Brooklyn New Music Collective in June, guest soloist with the Brooklyn Community Orchestra in Washington Park in July, and recitals in Paris and Bordeaux early next year.

Vasko Dukovski

Vasko Dukovski, a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso and diverse stylistic performer of the highest caliber, has established himself as one of the most sought after instrumentalists in the New York music scene of his generation. A master of the clarinet, Dukovski also plays Armenian Duduk, Balkan Pan Pipes, Bag Pipes, Chinese Hu Lu Si and various Middle Eastern percussion instruments. Born in Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia, Dukovski began his musical studies at the age of nine. His dedication earned him a Fine Arts Award from the Interlochen Arts Academy, which he attended before earning both a Bachelors and Masters Degree at the Julliard School of Music. At Julliard, Dukovski was a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

s performances span the continents, with appearances in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Lebanon, extensively in China and throughout the United States. Taking the stage at The Julliard School of Music, Ohrid Summer Festival, National Art Gallery, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Red Scarf Concert Series, Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Skopje Summer Festival, Dukovski has established a successful solo career. An avid performer and advocate of contemporary classical music, Dukovski has collaborated with many young rising and established composers. He has premiered several newly composed chamber works and ensemble pieces with various ensembles, including the Either/OR Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, Argento New Music Ensemble, Future In Reverse F.I.RE, AXIOM Ensemble, Grneta Ensemble, Ensemble 212, The Attacca Quartet and the VOXARE Quartet. World and Jazz also constitute a large part of Dukovskis comprehensive style. In addition to being a member of the Blue Moon Ensemble and his trio Amniotic Fluid, Dukovski has shared the stage with Gladys Knight, Duke Bojadziev & Ensemble, The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band, Derya Koroglu, and the Jonathan Batiste Band in such notable venues as the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Central Parks SummerStage.

s numerous competition prizes and awards include First Prize at the International Woodwind Competition in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria; Special Prize at the Jeunesse Musicales Clarinet Competition in Bucharest, Romania, Second Prize at the National Clarinet Competition, Third Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Macedonia, Third Prize at the Andreas Makris Clarinet Competition in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an Honors Award from the Eubie Blake Foundation in New York. He has recorded for Naxos American Classics Label, Sono Luminus- Dorian Label, Tzadik Label, Chicken Madness, In a Circle Records, and is currently at work recording The Complete Clarinet Works by Gerald Cohen as well as a new album, Eastern Madness, by the Grneta Ensemble.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2012-05-23 04:49:05

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