Two Concerts Commemorating Genocide Feature Music by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee


Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

WALTHAM, Mass. — Music by composer Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee will be performed in two upcoming concerts, one on September 27 and the second on October 4.

On Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m., several soloists will be featured. The concert will take place at the Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter St., Weston. Rahbee will present a concert of her music that has been influenced by her Armenian heritage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Genocide, of which her father, Peter Aharon Goolkasian, was a survivor.

She wishes to pay a special tribute to the close women relatives that she grew up knowing, whose courage and strength in surviving the Genocide were responsible for her being born. That includes her great-grandmother Baghdad, “Aya” DerMossighian, grandmother Takui DerMossighian Goolkasian, grandmother Yeghisapet Yeshilian, and god mother Anahid Goolkasian DerMarderosian, and her mother, violinist Isabelle Yeshilian Goolkasian.

Many artists will be performing including violinist, Priscilla Goolkasian DerAnanian,and pianists, Diane Andersen (from Belgium), Phyllis Alpert Lehrer and Ena Bronstein (from New Jersey), and Karine Baghdasarian, Armine Karapetian Donato, Ashley,Grant, Miriam Gargarian, Lilit Karapetyan Shougarian, Kathryn Rosenbach from the greater Boston area.

The October 4 concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the Waltham High School, with the with the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, conductor Patrick Botti performing a work that they commissioned from Rahbee called “Time Passes By” to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Waltham Public Library. The high school is located at 617 Lexington St., Waltham (Building on top of the hill).

Both concerts are open to the public and free of charge.