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Mar 4 2024

Serenade with a Dandelion

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Join the Armenian Music Program for a festive concert in celebration of the launch of their 4-CD set Serenade with a Dandelion. The concert will showcase the best of Armenian art music, from hallowed classics to world premieres and feature world-class artists: violinists Varty Manouelian, Andrew McIntosh, Kristapor Najarian and Movses Pogossian, violist Che-Yen Chen, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, pianist Steen Vanhauwaert, saxophonist Jan Berry Baker, UCLA’s VEM String Quartet, and composer Artur Akshelyan (visiting from Armenia).

Serenade with a Dandelion is conceived as a continuation of the ongoing recordings of Armenian music in the Modulation Necklace Series, the new CD features music by legends Komitas Vardapet and modern-day classic Tigran Mansurian, as well as cutting-edge new composers. Of the total of 55 tracks of music (just under five hours), 21 are world-premiere recordings of new works, several of which were commissioned especially for this project.

The concert curates some of the most exciting work from the recording, and will be run without intermission.

The Armenian Music Program at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music provides an in-depth exploration of Armenia’s rich musical heritage, with a focus on its classical traditions. A hallmark of the school’s innovative leadership in music and its commitment to public outreach, through dynamic performances and academic scholarship, the program has evolved into a vibrant educational platform. The Armenian Music Program is under the direction of Professor Melissa Bilal.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to let us know you are coming. RSVPs will receive priority seating up until 15 minutes prior to the event, at which point seating will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee a seat, and we recommend early arrival.


This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.