Fabulous Local Rhode Island Talent Shines Again


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On March 4, the Cultural Committee of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church, presented a lively concert featuring local talents. The event took place in the Egavian Cultural Center.

The featured artists of the evening were: Gohar Manjelikian, mezzo-soprano; Dalita Getzoyan, flute; Raffi Rachdouni, piano; Bethany Sousa Rachdouni, violin and Nune Hakobyan, piano accompaniment.

The performers exhibited their talents through a range of musical work. The capricious Chem Krna Khagha, by Komitas, as sung by Manjelikian, was light and whimsical, whereas the reverent tone of Konstantin Petrossian’s Diramayr was deep and stirring. Manjelikian sang the aria from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” Voi, Che Sapete, with much conviction.

The Flute Concerto in D minor, part II: Andante Sostenuto by Aram Khachaturian is a technically challenging work which was given life by Getzoyan. Rachdouni was the accompanist. Getzoyan’s rendition of this work was truly moving. She also played La Flute de Pan by Mouquet beautifully.

The selection of works for this program was quite varied. The opening number by Khachaturian was performed impressively by Rachdouni. He then accompanied Bethany Souza Rachdouni who performed Gagachner by Avetisyan beautifully on the violin.

Elegy by Babajanian, as played by Souza Rachdouni was quite lyrical.

The performance ended with the familiar and light-hearted folk song Gakavik (little partridge) with the three instrumentalists to the great delight of the audience.

The evening ended with the audience being invited to a collation provided by the Cultural Committee and an opportunity to meet with the performers. People had an opportunity to chat with each of the musical guests.

Everyone agreed that this event was quite special and it was very well received.

Shirley Ventrone.