Win tickets to Isabel Bayrakdarian (and friends) concert with Lively Arts Foundation

You can win a pair of tickets to hear acclaimed soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed, who is considered the founder of the modern Armenian classical school of music. The concert (6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Shaghoian Hall) will feature performances by the Grammy-Award nominated Bayrakdarian; the Fresno Coro Vox Aeterna choral ensemble, conducted by Anna Hamre; and musicians from Los Angeles, Fresno and the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Bayrakdarian, who has family in Fresno, is a familiar voice in the area, both at her local Armenian church and with the Fresno Philharmonic. (She performed with the orchestra in 2015 in “Cantata for the Living Martyrs” as part of the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide). In her upcoming performance, her first with Lively Arts, she will be part of an all-encompassing celebration of the composer’s diverse works, organizers say. New arrangements highlight his sacred and secular works, folk songs, children’s songs and prayers.

Tickets for the event range from $30-$65.

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To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: Have you ever heard Isabel Bayrakdarian sing in Fresno? Deadline to enter is 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (5)

  • Janet Baker

    She has the voice of an angel. I really want to go to this concert.

  • Cleo Bauer

    Heard her in 2015, we would enjoy hearing her again , and of course Anna Hamre creates amazing music with her choirs also


    Never heard her, but very enthusiastic about Gomidas

  • Chris Simmons

    I have not heard her perform, but as part of the Fresno Master Chorale I know several members who are also part of Vox Aeterna and they all gush about what it has been like to sing with her in the past and to be on her CD release a few years ago. I’d absolutely love to go to this!

  • Angele Ohannessian

    I have heard her first singing in our church. I, along with my sister and the master chorale, sang in her 2015 concert in Fresno commemorating the 100 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.


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