The Embassy of Chile in Lebanon
in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture
and in coordination with the American University of Beirut
cordially invites you to a concert
Opera and popular songs
The Chilean "Tenor Pehuenche"
MIGUEL ANGEL PELLAO
Pianist ARMEN KETCHEK
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Assembly Hall , AUB
Free Admission - All Are Welcome
Manhã De Carneval
Music by Luiz Bonfá and Lyrics by Antônio Maria, 1959
‘O surdato ‘nnammurato
Music by Enrico Cannio and Lyrics by Aniello Califano, 1915
El día que me quieras
Music by Carlos Gardel and Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, 1935
Quiero desterrar de tu pecho el temor
Music by Reveriano Soutullo Otero and Juan Vert and Lyrics by Anselmo C. Carreño and Luis Fernández de Sevilla, 1927
Parlami d’amore Mariù
Music and Lyrics by Cesare Andrea Bixio and Ennio Neri, 1932
Ay Ay Ay
Music and Lyrics by Osmán Pérez Freire, 1913
Solamente una vez
Music and Lyrics by Agustín Lara, 1941
O sole mio
Music by Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi and Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro, 1898
La donna è mobile
Opéra Rogoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, 1851
La tabernera del puerto
Music by Pablo Sorozábal and Lyrics by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, 1936
Music by Salvatore Cardillo and Lyrics by Riccardo Cordiferro, 1911
Gracias a la vida
Music and Lyrics by Violeta Parra, 1966
MIGUEL ANGEL PELLAO
Miguel Angel Pellao was born in Santa Barbara, home to many of Chile’s indigenous people – the Pehuenches. When he was 4, and after his father’s death, he was raised in a boarding school with other children where the only thing he used to do was sing.
When he was 7 years old, he received as a gift a cassette with the “Grandes Cantantes de la Lírica” (The Great Lyrical Singers) and for the first time he started listening to classical music. At the age of 9, he could sing José Carreras songs.
At 14, he participated in many events organized by the Municipality of Alto Biobío and had to miss school exams. He won the Festival of Piñón and other competitions and got his first guitar as a prize. He became well-known in his locality, and in 1999, he was awarded by local authorities with a three-year scholarship to study at the Conservatorio Vivaldi (The Vivaldi Music Conservatory) in Concepción, Chile.
In 2002, his friends the Barra Valdebenito helped him get a two-year scholarship. He studied Musical Art in the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. There, he met Max Berrú, ex member of the group Inti Illimani, who baptized him as “El Tenor Pehuenche” and assisted him to travel to Europe in 2007. In Italy, he settled down in Pescara and started studying Lyrical singing in the Conservatorio D’Annunzio.
Pellao has sung Verdi and Puccini. He has toured all over Europe and performed many concerts in Italy, Greece, England, and Switzerland.
Armen Ketchek was born in 1975 in Yerevan, Armenia. He studied Piano under the supervision of the world famous professor Eleonora Voskanyan at the National Conservatory of Music "KOMITAS" in Yerevan (Piano Masters degree with Honor, 1996). In 1998, at the same institution, he obtained a PhD in Piano, Chamber Music and the History of the Art of Interpretation. As a soloist, and with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, he performed concert tours in Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Japan, France, England, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Syria, UAE, and Lebanon, and participated several times in international festivals worldwide. He has also performed as a soloist with the Lebanese National Philharmonic Orchestra. Armen Ketchek holds several national and international awards: "Arnaud Babadjanian” - 1990 (Yerevan, Armenia), “Georgy Saradjian” - 1993 (Yerevan, Armenia), "HAMAMATSU" International Piano Competition – 1994 (Hamamatsu, Japan) International Chamber Music Competition of Yerevan - 1997 (Yerevan, Armenia). Armen Ketchek served for many years as the Director of College of Music “Parsegh Ganatchian” of Armenian Cultural Association “HAMAZKAINE”. At present, Armen Ketchek is a professor at the Lebanese Higher Conservatory of Music, Holly Spirit University (USEK), St. Joseph College of Music, as well as the Dean of the Piano Department at Antonine University.