HELEN BILIZIKJIAN, vocalist
Helen Bilezikjian is an accomplished singer of opera, folk, sacred, and secular music. She began studying voice for a career in opera at the age of eight. Possessing an incredible 3-octave range, she was awarded a Los Angeles City Music Scholarship at 15 years of age. She is the founder, general manager, and performer for the non profit organization Opera by the Sea, and also performs with ensembles that include Long Beach Civic Light Opera, San Diego Opera, Lindy Opera Company, and the Kansas City Opera.
In a concert jointly sponsored by the Arabic Program at CMC and the Athenaeum, John and Helen Bilezikjian will sing and perform songs that are Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, as well as selections from other Middle-Eastern countries. They will also speak about the rhythms, the folklore and what many of the songs mean in English. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to experience music that has been a part of Middle Eastern cultures for centuries performed by these two distinguished musicians.