Concert Under the Stars to Pave Way for LA-Yerevan Sister City Activities

LOS ANGELES-The Ford Amphitheatre will host a unique "Concert Under the Stars" Sunday June 29 as the Los Angeles Yerevan Sister City Association brings together an eclectic array of performers to celebrate the growing ties between the cities of LA and Yerevan.

The LA/Yerevan "Concert Under the Stars," sponsored by Prana Caf?, will be an outdoor event featuring musical performances by VISA, Nersik Ispirian and the Daron Band, Armen Movsessian, and Michael the Man of Many Voices. Surprise guests and entertainers are also slated to perform during the evening’s show, which will begin at 7 pm.

Established in 2007, the Los Angeles-Yerevan Sister City Association is part of the International Sister Cities, which was founded in the 1950’s by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote friendship between the United States and other countries through the establishment of relationships between cities.

The purpose of the Los Angeles-Yerevan Sister City Association (LAYSCA) is to promote friendly ties between Yerevan and Los Angeles, as well as between the United States and Armenia through cultural, educational, scientific, health services, sports, and trade and commercial exchanges between the two cities.

Among the primary activities of the LA Yerevan Sister City Association are fundraisers that promote social and cultural exchanges between the two cities, as well as specific exchanges in the field of the arts, music, literature and science.

"As an organization, we continuously work to promote Armenian culture in Los Angeles, and the "Concert Under the Stars," is a fun way of doing just that," LAYSCA Chairwoman Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian said. "But more importantly, the proceeds of this concert will fund the various projects we are currently working on."

The LAYSCA is currently in the planning stages for a major revitalization program for a number of elementary schools in Yerevan. The proceeds from the concert will go toward purchasing essential school equipment and upgrading old and outdated furniture. LAYSCA is also creating the framework for an LA-Yerevan exchange and scholarship program for students and professionals from Yerevan.

A hallmark project, also in the planning stages is a joint venture with the City of Los Angeles to build a Little Armenia Gateway, much like the Chinese Dragon Gateway located at the entrance of China Town.

For Tickets and Information call 818-249-1428 or visit www.itsmyseat.com. Tickets start at $25.

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles CA.

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