AMAA Spring Concert for the Benefit of Summer Camps in Armenia & Karabagh

L to R: Nareg Hartounian, Tamara Shamlian, David Antabian, Diana Vasylian, Tatev, Sona and Lucy yeghiazaryans, Gregory Loshkajian, Jonathon Floril, Serena Tchorbajian, Laurie Dabaghian, Louisa Janbazian, Mossig Makhoulian, Rev. Dr. Peter Doghramji, Dr. Ani Janbazian, Tamar Kherlopian and Elbiz Baghdikian

The Armenian Evangelical Church of New York on East 34th Street in New York City was the beautiful and inspirational venue for the AMAA’s Annual Spring Concert to benefit children’s Summer Camps in Armenia and Karabagh.  Organized by the AMAA Summer Camp/Christmas Committee, the event was held on Sunday, May 23, 2010 and attended by over 100 guests. Over $10,000 was raised to help needy children attend the camps which enrich their lives both physically and spiritually.

The Committee was headed by Elbiz Baghdikian, Chairperson, and Lucy Janjigian, National Chairperson.

Mr. Mossig Makhoulian, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Evangelical Church in New York, welcomed the audience and Rev. Peter Doghramji, Ph.D., Pastor of the Church, delivered an Invocation.

Elbiz Baghdikian introduced the artists and thanked the Naregatsi Art Institute for their collaboration in presenting some of the very talented young artists who performed at the event.

The audience was treated to several piano selections performed by David Antabian, a twelve year old pianist from Englewood, NJ. David has been playing the piano for 7 years and recently performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a finalist in the 2010 Armenian Youth Talent Music Competition. His pieces included Grieg’s Nocturne (Op54, No.4) as well as the Armenian Song (No. 11) by G. Gurdjieff.

Vocalists Serena Tchorbajian and Gregory Loshkajian, accompanied by Jonathon Floril, performed six pieces, including a beautiful rendition of The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Serena, a seventh grade honor student, has been training in classical voice for several years and has developed a singing repertoire in five languages. She has performed in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and most recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the New York Pops.  A tenor from Saddle River, New Jersey, Gregory has been singing for seven years and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, Bergen County Chorus,

Diana Vasilyan, a violinist who was born in Yerevan, Armenia, began her musical career at the age of seven.  In 2009 she was nominated as “The Best Female Violinist in Armenia” during the Big Apple Music Awards held in Manhattan Center.  Following intermission, Diana performed several Armenian pieces and concluded with a medley of Armenian Music.

The YY Sisters – Tatev, Sona and Lucy – concluded the musical portion of the program by performing Armenian traditional classical music. Their three-part harmonies coupled with the group’s unique vocal styles provided the listeners with a spiritually satisfying experience.  The sisters have garnered attention both from within and outside of the Armenian community.

Lucy Janjigian, National Chair of the Committee, spoke about the Summer Camp program and how events such as the Concert are important to sustain programs for the children in Armenia and Karabagh.  Mr. Nareg Hartounian, founder and director of the Naregasti Art Institute, presented a special Pomegranate award to Mossig Makhoulian and thanked the Church for both hosting this event and for introducing the Naregatsi Art Institute to Louisa Janbazian, AMAA Publications/Public Relations Director, who realized the potential of this collaboration to introduce young Armenian artists and showcase their talents.

Levon Filian, Executive Director of the AMAA, concluded the afternoon event by offering inspiring remarks and encouraging the guests to continue attending AMAA events which support programs for those in need.

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