Karkach Varanda Choirs Perform in Armenia

YEREVAN–Three years ago the Ministry of Culture of Armenia began a Pan-Armenian festival entitled "One nation–one culture," and since then more than 20 singing–dancing–and theater goups from the Diaspora have participated in the festival.

Recently–Hamazkayin’s Barsegh Kanachian Musical School’s "Karkach" and Shushi’s "Varanda" youth choirs had a featured performance The founder and conductor of both choirs is Zakar Keshishian–a Lebanese-Armenian–who graduated from the Komitas Conservatory of Yerevan. The "Veranda" choir–which was founded by Zakar Keshishian in Shushi seven years ago. After graduating in 1997–Keshishian returned to Lebanon and formed the "Karkach" choir at the Barsegh Kanachian Musical School. The young conductor’s mission was to involve Armenian youth–both in Armenia and Diaspora–into Armenian music. Zakar Keshishian’s dream to have a featured performance of both choirs in Armenia–came true this year–when the Ministry of Culture of Armenia and the Hamazkayin’s Armenian office organized concerts at the Chamber Music Hall of Yerevan–where the two choirs performed.

The presence and warm appreciation of several writers of the songs performed such as A. Lusinian–G. Chitchian–S. Shakarian and S. Muradian added a gracefulness to the concert. David Kazarian–the chairman of the Armenian Choir Union–Ervand Erkanian–the director of Barsegh Kanachian Musical School and Lilit Galstian–the Hamazkain Yerevan office director expressed their appreciation as well.

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