Armenian Music Festival to Mark 1700th Anniversary

St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa is organizing for the first time in Orange County–Armenia Music Festival on the occasion of the 1700th Anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity in Armenia–under the auspices of His Eminence Arch. Vatche Hovsepian–Primate of the Armenian Church Western Diocese. The festival will be held on Sunday–November 19 at 4p.m. at Orange Coast College Robert B. Moore Theatre–2701 Fairview Road–Costa Mesa.

The first part of the program will include an impressive gathering of top Armenian artists and musicians who will present a variety of Armenian medieval–classical and folk music (religious and secular)–songs and dances. Soprano Arpine Pehlivanian–Dame de la Grande Maison de Cilicie–with pianist Gloria Mikialian; world renowned virtuoso violinist Haroutune Bedelian with Lorna Bedelian on the piano–Soprano Elizabeth Pehlivanian–Armenian folk musical ensemble under the direction of renowned dudukist Albert Vardanyan–and Zvartnots Dance Group of St. Mary Armenian Church. The second part will feature a performance by the renowned Lark Musical Chorus under the baton of Maestro Vatche Barsoumian–with soloists Mezzo Soprano Shoghig Koushakjian-Vorperian and Bariton Ara Kourouyan.

The Festival Committee is working diligently to make this a thunderous event not only for Armenian but for the entire Orange County community.

The Armenian community is cordially invited to attend the outstanding event that will make every Armenian-American very proud–and to celebrate together a significant historical and religious milestone.

We are also looking for financial support to cover the expenses of the costly program. All contributors of $250 or more will receive complimentary tickets for the concert.

Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For additional information or to obtain tickets–please call the church office at (949) 650-8367–Ticket Chairman Anto Tokatlian (949) 857-9390–or Festival Committee Co-Chairmen Yn. Sylva Tashjian (714) 437-7367 and Rose Kaskavalciyan (562) 431-5637.

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