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September 21, 2018

Concerts at Half-Past Twelve Brings Brazilian Guitarist João Kouyoumdjian to Founders Hall

St. Francis College Presents Concerts at Half-Past Twelve

St. Francis College's Concerts at Half-Past Twelve series returns for the Fall 2018 Season with Brazilian-born guitarist João Kouyoumdjian on Monday, September 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

For 19 years, Concerts at Half Past Twelve has featured an amazing variety of internationally known musicians and dancers performing dozens of shows; from brass ensembles to organ music, bluegrass to Broadway tunes.

"The fall 2018 series will feature performers from New York City and beyond," said Suzanne Forsberg, chair of the SFC Department of Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies. "The theme is 'celebration' and each performance ranges from Baroque to contemporary." Forsberg created the series in 1999 as a way for students and local community members to be exposed to a wide range of music and performers.

Kouyoumdjian's performance, "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month," will feature several works by Spanish composers, including Fernando Sor and Isaac Albéniz, as well as two Brazilian composers.

João Kouyoumdjian

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of São Paulo where he studied under Sharon Isbin and Edelton Gloeden respectively, Kouyoumdjian currently on the faculty at the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, and the Newark School of the Arts, Newark, NJ.

The second concert follows with a performance by the Brooklyn Baroque on October 22 titled "Celebrating Bach and Handel at 333 and Couperin at 350." The final concert of the fall series, "Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100," will be performed by pianist and entertainer Jimmy Roberts on November 12th.

All concerts are held in Founders Hall with a reception to follow.

For more information on Concerts at Half-Past Twelve, contact Dr. Suzanne Forsberg at [email protected].


St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


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