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Oct. 21, 2011

Blair student performs with Capital City Symphony

by Mimi Verdonk, Online Sports Editor
Blair senior Arec Jamgochian opened the Capital City Symphony's fall season as guest performer on Oct. 16. The performance was based largely on the works of the late Austrian composer, Gustav Mahler.

Blair senior Arec Jamgochian opened for the Capital City Symphony. Tolu Omokehinde
Blair senior Arec Jamgochian opened for the Capital City Symphony.
A full house of about 300 listeners watched Sunday’s concert at the Atlas Theater in North East, Washington D.C. Though Capital City Symphony is comprised of both amateurs and professional musicians, Jamgochian was given the honor of performing with the Symphony after winning the Levine School of Music Cogen Concerto Competition.

Jamgochian, who has played the violin since the age of eight and studied music at the Levine School since 2004, opened the show performing the first movement of Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21. Despite winning the competition for the Levine School, Jamgochian was astonished when the opportunity to play for Capital City arose. "I didn’t know it would lead to this," he said.

Jamgochian has performed at various venues including Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and at his own local concert in Rockville last February. He has also performed with accomplished violinists, including Igor Yuzefovich, Vadim Repin and Jonathan Carney. His musical talents and scholarship from the Levine School earned him an antique violin made in 1912.

Though Jamgochian is no stranger to performing in front of large crowds, he is appreciative of the opportunities given to him. "I’m very, very honored," he said.

In addition to Jamgochian's performance, the symphony featured guest vocals by University of Maryland student Andrew McLaughlin, as well as a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, by the orchestra.

The 85 musicians of the Capital City Symphony will play again, this time without Jamgochian, in a Family Concert on Nov. 20.





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  • blazer '13 on October 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM
    Go Ahead Jamgochian!!!
    Wow its incredible to see the amazing talent of Blair's students, im so proud to say that i am a Blazer :)
    I play the violin myself but i have been playing since i was 9 and i'm nowhere near as good as Arec but i hope to be someday... So Arec if you are reading this right now i just wanted to say that you've totally inspired me, thanks and keep it up :)
  • wish i was musical on October 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM
    wow arec! i didnt know that you were this talented! congrats! this is super cool
  • das nice (View Email) on October 23, 2011 at 6:17 PM
    7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911

    I think Mahler is at the point at which we can stop calling him "late". It's not like we say the late Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893) or the late Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937)...

    There must be a style thing for this. Please dig it up, Chips.
    • really? on October 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM
      why would you go out of your way to research this? it's one word in the entire article that isn't incorrect (he did die within the past century) and you're just being nasty to a great reporter for no apparent reason. if you have such a problem with the way that SCO writes (which you seem to, sofi) then maybe you could just stop reading it all together? no one is forcing you to read these articles that you seem to despise so much.
      • oh here we go (View Email) on October 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM
        nobody said you had to read my commentary either. <3

        btw this took me 5 seconds on wiki, so don't worry about my time.
        • ahh on October 24, 2011 at 8:22 PM
          Bishounen_rabu strikes again.

          I am looking forward to more commentary on the boy's volleyball articles in the Spring.
        • why on October 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM
          why do you have so much hate towards SCO? i understand that they are supposed to have professional standards, but everyone makes mistakes (print does it too) and this is only the second cycle that these specific writers have been writing real news stories. cut them a little slack, the article itself was great - one little style edit doesn't change that.
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