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Rising stars perform: clarinetist and pianist at the Pequot Library on February 10

By Westport Arts Center

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"Each season, we like to showcase an outstanding young artist in our series," reported Curator for Chamber Music at the Westport Arts Center (WAC), Russell Platt. This season, WAC will present a concert with Narek Arutyunian, the Armenian-born 21-year-old clarinetist who is taking the world by storm. Arutyunian will be accompanied by the young pianist Solon Gordon, a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, for an unforgettable concert on Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m., at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. Tickets cost $25 for adults; $10 for students with a valid I.D. and are available in advance at (203) 222-7070 and, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. A limited number of $15 tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. WSHU Public Radio is the media sponsor for this event.

“This recital will feature beloved sonatas for clarinet and piano by Brahms, Poulenc, and Leonard Bernstein, along with the Sonatina for Klezmer Clarinet and Piano by the exciting contemporary composer Paul Schoenfield. This should be a great concert for connoisseurs and young musicians alike," Platt said.

Arutyunian is a player who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (reported by the The Washington Post). Recital appearances this season include the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Lied Center of Kansas, as well as soloist with the Longwood Symphony performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Last season Mr. Arutyunian performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops and the Meridian Symphony and appeared in recitals and residencies at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Music for Youth, and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. As a Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in recital debuts in the YCA Series at New York’s Merkin Hall, in the YCA Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Arutyunian has performed at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris and at the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa. He has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Arutyunian’s clarinet is a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, and he receives general support for his career from the Guzik Foundation in California.

Already an award winner, including First Prize at 16 in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and at 15 in the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow, Arutyunian was also awarded a prize by renowned violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet to perform concerts and record the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia.

The Westport Arts Center is supported with funds from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, 4th Row Films, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Gault, Inc., Greenwich Medical Skincare & Laser Spa, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Andrew J. & Christine C. Hall Foundation, Melissa & Doug, Mitchell's of Westport, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Riverside Management Group, LLC, Robinson and Cole, LLP, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Resources, Xerox Foundation, and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information contact Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070, The Westport Arts Center gallery is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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