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The 9th annual benefit concert in support of Armenia's Cosmic Ray Division (CRD) will take place at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Sunday, March 21st, 2010. The concert will feature three renowned musicians, Anahit Nercesyan, Soprano, Hrachia Niksalyan, Tenor, and Levon Abrahamyan, Pianist. The distinguished musicians will perform pieces by Puccini, Verdi, Tigranian, and Neapolitan popular songs. Prior to the show, there will be a pre-concert talk about the program, as well as a photograph exhibit.

Anahit Nercesyan, born in Yerevan, Armenia, received her first musical award at the age of seven. Her latest award, given at her debut in Carnegie Hall, was first place in the 2009 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. A high soprano known for her excellent coloratura technique, Anahit is considered to have a voice that is unique and highly emotional.

Hrachia Nixalyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He entered Yerevan's Komitas Conservatory in 1976 and graduated with honors in 1981. That same year he became a soloist at the Yerevan State Opera. He has performed lead roles in Puccini's Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Verdi's La Traviata, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, and Tchukhajian's Arshak II, among others.

Levon Abrahamyan has been described as a person who has dedicated his life to bring the soul of music to his listeners. Born in Cairo into an Armenian family of musicians, he began piano at age five and by fifteen was hired as a principal organist at the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia. His love of music eventually led him to the Yerevan State Opera, where he served in the prestigious position of Opera Director.

Official Website: http://www.crdfriends.org

Added by FullCalendar on February 11, 2010

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