Hamazkayin Partners With Kennedy Center to Feature ‘Zulal’ in Washington DC

Performance Part of Hamazkayin Evening Dedicated to Supporting Young Armenia’s in the Arts

WASHINGTON–DC–The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society joined forces with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to sponsor a New Year’s weekend performance of Armenian folk music on the Center’s Millenium Stage. The concert was part of an evening organized by the Hamazkayin Washington chapter dedicated to supporting young Armenia’s in the performing and visual arts.

The Zulal Armenian A Capella Trio performed a range of songs showcasing Armenia’s folk music heritage before a standing-room-only audience of more than 600 Washingtonians gathered at the world-renowned Kennedy Center. Using original arrangemen’s of melodies and harmonies–the group presented a repertoire of songs that drew on the rich tradition of Armenia’s rural music–including songs such as `Sari Siroon Yar’ and `Sareri Hovin Mernem.’

Following the concert–the Hamazkayin Washington chapter hosted a photography exhibit titled `A Window to Armenia,’ featuring the works of Arsineh Khachikian at the Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church Hall. A Washington DC native–Ms. Khachikian shared with attendees a photographic journey across Armenia’s mountains–villages and people. The exhibit displayed more than 30 color and black and white images depicting a range of subjects from panoramic landscapes to poignant close-up portraits.

"By sponsoring such performances and exhibits–Hamazkayin is pleased to help young Armenian artists gain increased exposure in the nation’s capital,’ stated Maggie Simonian–chair of the Hamazkayin Washington DC chapter. `Hamazkayin would like to thank the Kennedy Center for opening their Millenium Stage to our organization as well as acknowledge the Armenian Embassy for their collaboration in making this event a success." Founded in 1928–the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the history and the cultural heritage of the Armenian nation. Hamazkayin has chapters throughout the United States–Canada–South America–Europe–the Middle East and Australia–as well as the Republic of Armenia.

A recording of the concert featuring Zulal is available on the Kennedy

Center Website at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=ZULAL.

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