Walter Karabian Donates Alan Hovaness Symphony to Lark Musical Society

The Lark Board with Mr. Karabian
First row: (from left) Vastche Barsoumian, Andy Torosyan (Board Chairman), Walter Karabian, Nazareth Darakjian, Onnik Keshishian;
Second row:  Dikran Babikian, Arpi Barsoumian, Hilda Fidanian, Kristine Keshishian, Haykuhie Torosyan, Shoushik  Barsoumian;
Third row: Glady Bagdasarian, Hovsep Fidanian, Shahe Barsoumian, Ashot Kartalyan.
Mr. Karabian donates the original manuscript of Alan Hovhannes’ Symphony No. 28 to Lark. (Walter Karabian and Vatsche Barsoumian)

Walter Karabian donates the original manuscript of Alan Hovhannes’ Symphony No. 28 to Lark.

GLENDALE—On August 3, 2016, Lark Musical Society, a nonprofit based in Glendale, organized a luncheon to honor the former Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, Walter Karabian. In attendance were Lark’s Board of Directors and other dedicated members of the Armenian-American community.

The Karabians have been longtime collectors of rare Armenian artifacts and antiquities. Through Walter and Laurel Karabian’s generosity, many of these treasures of Armenian heritage are on prominent display in schools, churches, libraries, and repositories across the country, from Lark’s own library to the Armenian library and Museum of America in Boston.

During the luncheon, Karabian shared with those in attendance the lessons, experience, and insight he has derived from his decades-long relationship with the law and the people of California, and of the importance of cultural preservation. He endorsed the mission of Lark in preserving its cultural riches and adding to our legacy through education, performance, and research.

The Lark Board with Mr. Karabian First row: (from left) Vastche Barsoumian, Andy Torosyan (Board Chairman), Walter Karabian, Nazareth Darakjian, Onnik Keshishian; Second row:  Dikran Babikian, Arpi Barsoumian, Hilda Fidanian, Kristine Keshishian, Haykuhie Torosyan, Shoushik  Barsoumian; Third row: Glady Bagdasarian, Hovsep Fidanian, Shahe Barsoumian, Ashot Kartalyan.

The Lark Board with Mr. Karabian: First row: (from left) Vastche Barsoumian, Andy Torosyan (Board Chairman), Walter Karabian, Nazareth Darakjian, Onnik Keshishian; Second row: Dikran Babikian, Arpi Barsoumian, Hilda Fidanian, Kristine Keshishian, Haykuhie Torosyan, Shoushik Barsoumian;Third row: Glady Bagdasarian, Hovsep Fidanian, Shahe Barsoumian, Ashot Kartalyan.

Those present were also touched to hear Karabian’s loving testament to the memory of his wife Laurel, whose devastating and untimely passing in 2014 was truly a loss for the Los Angeles Armenian Community. In the memory of his wife, Walter donated an original Alan Hovaness Symphony no. 28 manuscript for Lark’s Armenian Cultural Museum. The manuscript is Hovaness’ historic symphony composed and performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1976, under the baton of Maestro Ohan Durian. In addition to this timeless contemporary work, Karabian gifted Lark with the original program book of premiere designed by George Mandossian.

Lark is honored to be supported by passionate and committed cultural benefactors like Walter Karabian, whose life and deeds serve as example to the community at large.

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