BY NORA YACOUBIAN
The LA Philharmonic is one of the jewels of our city; it places this wonderful metropolis on the map, along with the greatest cultural centers of the world. It injects ordinary life with refined experiences of the highest quality.
For Armenia’s diplomatic representation in Los Angeles and the Armenian-American community, standing by this cultural icon and extending its support comes naturally. As one of the largest ethnic communities in Los Angeles, Armenian-Americans benefit from the gifts offered by the LA Philharmonic year–in and year-out. Therefore, joining this great institution’s honorable mission is a simple expression of gratitude and loyalty.
As important, however, the Armenian people’s identification with the mission of the LA Philharmonic comes from its cultural heritage. An ancient heritage, which has resurrected and reincarnated itself over and over again throughout history. It has done so during good times and bad times, equally during prosperity and persecution, during war as well as peace. Music has helped Armenians face challenges of monumental magnitude during three thousand years of history. It has been a guiding light, an inspiration and cause not to give up, but rather to flourish.
Philosopher-musicians, composers of liturgy, pop musicians and folk singers have been part of Armenian life with no less prominence than world-class classical composers, conductors and performers. During otherwise somber Soviet years, Armenia gifted to the world its own impressive philharmonic orchestra, internationally recognized composers, conductors, pianists, violinists, opera singers, as well as dancers in the Bolshoi ballet.
We are proud of our rich cultural heritage. We are proud of what we have created throughout history for our successive generations and the world as a whole to enjoy. We are also proud to be part of Los Angeles; that Los Angeles offers to the world an impressive cultural institution called the LA Philharmonic. On May 21st, we will announce that we have and will continue to support the LA Philharmonic in the years to come. Join us for a magical evening as we celebrate together, “Armenian: The Melody of Eternity.”
Nora Yacoubian is an Los Angeles-based community activist and photographer, who volunteers her services for Asbarez Newspaper