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Many congratulations on the upcoming debut of your 'An Armenian Trilogy!' I really enjoyed the sound world you create…and the rhythmic trajectory of everything. I hope that Detroit will find a way to program the work.

Michelle Merrill - Associate Conductor, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Story

Honoring the fallen

The massacre of 1.5 million Armenians has been disputed by many, but the events of 1915 still resonate to the present day. Entire families were lost in forced marches and brutal violence was imposed upon innocent people.  Those who escaped were forced to seek new lives in the Diaspora, finding themselves across Europe, the USA and Central America.  It is documented that these events inspired Hitler’s Final Solution.  “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”  – Hitler, 1939

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The Composer

Dan Yessian

Dan Yessian is an award-winning American composer, producer, musician, and founder of Yessian Music Inc., an internationally-renowned music, production and sound design company that serves the motion picture, television, and advertising industries around the globe.  Founded in 1971,  his company has expanded abroad with offices and studios in Metro Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Hamburg Germany.

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The Conductor

Maestro Eduard Topchjan

Debuting in 2000, Maestro Eduard Topchjan was quickly appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has led the APO across the globe, performing works such as Aida and Madama Butterfly. He has also appeared with orchestras in Europe, including the Frankfurt Opera, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, as well as the Pasadena Symphony.  His repertoire spans all genres from baroque to contemporary music.

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The Orchestra

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Established over 90 years ago, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra has always been considered one of the leading orchestras of the former Soviet Union.  Today, the 100+ member ensemble makes its home in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in central Yerevan.  The orchestra draws its members from the ranks of graduates of the Yerevan Komitas Conservatory and from the leading conservatories in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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The Singer

Tigran Petrosyan

For over 20 years, Tigran Petrosyan’s impressive career has spanned a multitude of genres and taken him across multiple countries. With the release of his three albums, performances with the Armenian Philaharmonic Orchestra and three Eurovision appearances, Tigran is a welcome addition in the performance of “I See Wings.”