Pianist Beniamin Hakobyan sees music as a way to bring peace to those waiting for their flights at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Coming off the escalator and into the boarding gate area at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, you hear Beniamin Hakobyan before you see him.

There’s a few trilling notes of warmup before he begins playing in earnest – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Hakobyan is at the end of the gate in front of a massive window overlooking the airport runway.

He’s tapping at the keys of a seven-foot Steinway grand piano, his suit jacket a shimmering shade of red that somehow matches the ornaments on the Christmas tree nearby. Passengers stop to take cell-phone video of the performance.

Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. Several $5 bills lay on the piano – tips for Hakobyan’s service.

He is one of five local pianists playing to departing and arriving passengers through Dec. 31 as part of the airport’s holiday music program. Read more from fresnobee.com…

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