The Armenian oud master Richard Hagopian has been playing the instrument, similar to the lute, since he was a kid. He’s 82 now. This Saturday Feb. 29, he’ll be speaking and performing at a public memory event at Fresno State documenting the history of local Armenian-American music production in the San Joaquin Valley.
He’ll join Yektan Turkyilmaz, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in Berlin but is helping to curate this collection for the Armenian Studies Department. The public scanning event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fresno Business Center. Hagopian will perform and speak with Turkyilmaz from 3:30 to 5 p.m. News Director Alice Daniel spoke with both of them at Hagopian’s home.