Karen Bentley Pollick - Viola 

Dominique de Williencourt - Music

Stuart Diamond - Video

“Mont Ararat” evokes a voyage and recalls the sound of the duduk and ancestral chants of Armenian monks. It pays tribute to the suffering Armenian people throughout history, based on melodies heard in the Christian monastery of Echmiadzin, at the foot of the famous Mount Ararat where the Ark of Noah is said to have landed. Williencourt was inspired to create this shorter and slightly modified version of his original cello work, Opus 2, after listening to the violist Michel Michalakakos, to whom he dedicated this work.