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For six decades, Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian has played an important role in preserving the music of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire—collecting tunes from his grandparents’ generation, and passing on this legacy to his children, grandchildren, community, and greater public. Born in the Armenian enclave in Fresno, CA, he studied with masters from the old country, quickly learning hundreds of folk songs from Anatolia. He’s been honored with a Meet the Composer Grant and a National Heritage Fellowship, recorded for Smithsonian Folkways and ARC Records, and taught master classes at prestigious universities. Here, he’ll perform masterworks for the oud, including classical and folk, and will discuss his multifaceted career from performing in Hollywood to traditional Armenian dances (kefs).