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April 2023 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday, April 2, 2023


This concert will open with a performance of  ‘In Good King Charles's Golden Days — A Symphonic Overture’ by contemporary American composer, Linda Robbins Coleman. A reviewer at the premiere of this piece in 1996 said ‘The piece is a delicious blend of crisp colors and lovely lyricism. The piece is as vivacious as its composer.’ Felix Mendelssohn’s music was banned by the Nazis due to his Jewish birth, but he actually converted to the Lutheran faith at age seven. His “Reformation” Symphony honors Martin Luther and culminates in a setting of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The most popular concerto in the piano repertoire, the First Concerto of Peter Tchaikovsky, will provide the long-planned ESO debut of the Armenian-American virtuoso Kariné Poghosyan.


Musical Insights Free Pre-Concert Preview the Friday before this concert.
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  • Robbins Coleman
  • In Good King Charles's Golden Days — A Symphonic Overture
  • Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 5 in D Major “Reformation”
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat Minor

    Kariné Poghosyan, piano

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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$35 Adult, $30 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

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Kariné Poghosyan, piano

Kariné Poghosyan, piano

Award-winning Armenian-American pianist, Kariné Poghosyan, has been praised on the world stage for her “ability to get to the heart of the works she performs.” Since her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen, Kariné has been enchanting concert audiences around the globe, with her masterful artistry and exceptional performances that leave them forever transformed.

Kariné’s most recent concerts include two sold-out recitals at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the second of which was a CD Release concert of her “Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky” recording on Centaur Records. This recording has since garnered rave reviews, with Gramophone Magazine praising its “masterly textural layering and resounding climaxes,” and the American Record Guide stating that “a more heroic program would be hard to find, and few could play as well as the Armenian-American Poghosyan.”

The renown pianist and WWFM radio host Jed Distler described her performance in the following way, “This is big piano playing, but big in the sense of being in the moment, being present, and totally owning her vitality and imagination.”

Oscar-winning screenwriter Alex Dinelaris said, “Listening to and watching Kariné Poghosyan play fills one with life and energy. The combination of her formidable skill and her unchecked passion is an experience I recommend for anyone who needs to be reminded of the artist and art within themselves.”

During the pandemic, Ms. Poghosyan launched a weekly livestream concert series on her Facebook page, performing 100 weekly livestreams for a loyal world-wide following. These series have received coverage from Stephanie Simon of NY1, Rick Rowe of ABC, Katie Couric’s newsletter Wake-up Call, as well as in an article in the Pianist Magazine.

In 2022, she also launched a monthly virtual recital concert series on her Patreon titled “Musical Time Travels!” It included 12 full solo programs from various historical periods in 12 months, with a global audience of patrons tuning in on Zoom. Select upcoming in-person performances include solo recitals at Ehrbar Saal in VIenna, the Soraya Performing Arts center in Northridge, California, and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as concerti performances with Wallingford Symphony and Evanston Symphony Orchestras. In February 2023, Ms. Poghosyan released her third album “Folk Themes” on Parma Recordings’ classical label Navona Records. It is now available on Amazon, AppleMusic, Spotify, and other platforms.

Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

April 5, Friday, at 1:30 pm

Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling takes you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.

Meet our soloist, Holly Mulcahy and Composer George S Clinton, at Musical Insights. They and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, April 5 at 1:30 pm,
Merion's Emerald Lounge at
529 Davis St, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-570-7815.

Light refreshments will be served and casual tours of apartments will be available after the program.