Art & Culture Series
“Brand Library & Art Center has been a cornerstone for the arts in Southern California since 1956. This unique public library focuses on visual arts and music and provides free services and programs for a diverse community, including a collection of over 110,000 items, subject specialist librarians, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, films, and hands-on craft programs for children and adults.”
That’s impressive enough on its own, but in recent years, the library has been going above and beyond to show off their dedication to the public. They underwent a complete overhaul that wrapped up in 2014, and now, for 2018, they’re throwing a big bone to those with refined tastes, courtesy of their Art & Culture Series covering music, dance, and a range of other performances.
This will be a superb opportunity to head to the library for a daytime adventure or a night on the town -- one that’s suitable for all ages. If you’re interested in attending, regardless of your particular fancy, you’ll want to keep reading to learn more about the upcoming events and how you can get yourself and your family in on the action. Let’s explore.
The library is well-known for featuring talented instrumentalists and vocalists. So far in 2018, they’ve played host to exemplary acts like the Sheu Pettit Duo, Trio Emporte, and Helix Collective. They’ve still got a few outstanding performances lined up for Spring, though, so here’s what you’ll be able to catch in March and April:
April 12th -- Kariné Poghosyan
On Thursday, April 12th, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, Manhattan School Of Music faculty member (and award-winning concert piano performer) Kariné Poghosyan will be putting on an “all Khachaturian program” for your enjoyment. She’s a true student of the piano game, with a style that touches the soul and a passion for playing that few can imitate.
Poghosyan began studying the piano in Armenia, at the School Of The Arts, then later at Mlikian College and the Komitas State Conservatory. She made her impressive orchestral debut at age 14, playing solo at Carnegie Hall, and has continued wowing audiences ever since.
She’s played in Washington DC, Toronto, and other notable hotspots around Canada, while still managing to teach at Manhattan School Of Music. Perhaps most amazing is that she’s done all this, and still managed to record and release her own album -- an interpretation of original piano works and ballet transcriptions by Khachaturian. She’s mastered the material, and will be putting that mastery to good use when she comes to the Brand Library to perform.
April 21st -- String Harmonies
On Saturday, April 21st, the always-fantastic trio String Harmonies will be presenting their routine of Armenian folk music, along with some classical favorites and a sprinkling of jazz. The group consists of Antranik Kizirian on the oud, Yervand Kalajian on violin, and Vik Momjian on bass.
The trio is known for blending their instrumental sounds together for a “stunningly unique fusion of modern and traditional Armenian musical elements,” and have built quite the reputation in the Glendale and Los Angeles area. Be sure to check out some of their performance videos to get a better idea of their signature sound.
Unfortunately, the dance schedule for the Art & Culture Series is still TBD, though the dates have been decided, according to the library website:
Saturday, April 28th
Saturday, May 12th
Saturday, May 19th
You can still get an idea for what you might be getting into with one of these dance performances, however, if you decide to take a peek at one of the past performances the library has linked to -- the Invertigo Dance Theatre. These talented dancers put on a tremendously cheerful show, filled with interactive portions and a “beautiful, whimsical” atmosphere. You can expect more of the same come April and May of this year.
Beyond the music and dance, there will be a good many educational events taking place during the series, including an exhibition opening reception for Continuity & Rupture, a look inside the lives of the Dildilian family during the last decades of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian Genocide. The exhibition will draw upon a large archive of family photographs, negatives, drawings, artworks, letters, and heirlooms to provide a unique look into life during this uneasy time in history. Be sure to check the schedule for more info.
Additional non-music and dance related events will include the Make It family craft program, a hands-on even that will allow families to express themselves through constructing wares and craftworks, and a grand tour of the Brand Library delivered by Joemy Wilson. The well-respected tour guide and author of Coming Up On Your Left: A Tour Guide’s Guidebook will tell the story of Brand and delve deeper into the renovation that elevated it to newfound glory.
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