Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian featured in “My Songs, My Heritage

DEARBORN, MI — The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee presents Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian in concert with her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian, and the Henrik Karapetyan String Quartet in My Songs, My Heritage at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Concert selections include Armenian sacred hymns, folk songs, chamber music and 20th century songs, with English surtitles, pressandguide.com reports

Bayrakdarian, a Canadian of Armenian heritage, immigrated to Canada as a teen. She graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with a degree in biomedical engineering science in 1997, the same year she was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Her opera career, now in its second decade, makes her an eagerly anticipated artist at opera houses and concert halls worldwide. Celebrated for her multi-hued voice as well as her beauty, presence and style, Bayrakdarian’s career expands beyond opera.

She is a featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers, and topped Billboard charts as a guest soloist with the Canadian band Delerium on their 2007 Grammy nominated dance remix Angelicus.

In Michigan, the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Metro Detroit, comprised of 15 of the area’s leading Armenian-American organizations, has organized commemorative events throughout 2015 to honor the genocide victims, demand recognition and reparations, and increase public awareness of all genocides. For more information, go to armeniangenocidecentennialmi.com. Continued.

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