Master Pianist Sahan Arzruni has been dazzling crowds with his talent for years, and his most recent show at New York’s Merkin Hall proved no exception. A dedicated musician, philanthropist and Armeniologist in his own right, Arzruni has remained dedicated to the promotion of Armenian culture and music, through which he has also greatly supported FAR’s mission. His inaugural Together for Armenia concert, presented by FAR on April 5th, raised funds to benefit the Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH), a project Arzruni has long supported.

The repertoire featured the works of typically underrepresented artists like Arno Babadjanian’s Elegy (after Sayat Nova), Alan Hovhaness’ Yenovk and Five Invocations to Vahakn, as well as more famous composers like Aram Khachaturian and Komitas. Arzruni was accompanied by percussionist Adam Rosenblatt, whose mélange of instruments included drums, gongs, and cymbals, as well as a thunder sheet and a conch shell. Eleven-year-old prodigy Simon Hagopian-Rogers, accompanied Arzruni on the violin during Khatchaturian’s Chant-Poeme. Arzruni and his collaborators thoroughly delighted and fully entertained during the course of the two-hour program, which received excellent reviews.

A renowned musician and composer, Arzuni has spent decades touring the world, performing in such notable and unique places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the U.S. Library of Congress and the White House. He has been a tremendous advocate for elderly Armenians through FAR. The Merkin Hall performance was the launch of FAR’s Annual Together for Armenia Concert Series, an initiative born from Arzruni’s vision and dedication. Each year, the series will feature performances by prominent Armenian musicians.

To read more about the concert at Merkin Hall, follow the link or watch an interview with Arzruni here.