Flora Matirosyan’s Funeral Set for Dec. 11
YEREVAN—Funeral services for legendary Armenian singer Flora Martirosyan will take place on December 11 at the Aram Khachatrian Concert Hall, announced a spokesperson of Armenia’s Culture Ministry. The late singer’s remains will arrive in Armenia from Los Angeles on Dec. 10.
The announcement made following a meeting of a special governmental committee appointed to organize Martirosyan’s funeral.
A requiem service is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on December 6, at 7 p.m. at St. Leon Cathedral, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. Her remains will be transported to Armenia for the services on Dec. 11.
Martirosyan will be interred at the Yerevan Pantheon on the same day.
Martirosyan passed away on November 20 in Burbank after experiencing complications following a surgery, she recently cancelled a concert due to problems with her gall-bladder.
Martirosyan, born February 5, 1957 in Gyumri, was the youngest in the family of 4 children. Having inherited vocal skills from her mother, the young singer took part in Garoun 73 song contest to win the 1st place among 800 participants.
Later, as a soloist at a state folk orchestra the singer, has toured over 70 countries while also studying at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.
In 1991, the signer left for USA with her husband, to return to Armenia a few years later. From 1997 to 2001, she headed a Yerevan-based Music School after Armen Tigranyan in Yerevan. In 2002, the singer established an International Music Academy after Komitas in USA.
In 2006, she initiated A Pan-Armenian Song Contest Festival.
In 2008, the singer, jointly with Michael Stone created international organization Artist for Peace to raise awareness of crimes against humanity.
In 2011, Martirosyan-initiated Never Again peace concert featured world-famed artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Pras, Malina Moyem united in a cause against injustice.
Martirosyan is survived by her two children and husband.