Last Saturday, April 13th in the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs sanctuary, we enjoyed a fantastic concert. The general feeling was, we didn't have to go all the way into Manhattan to enjoy wonderful Armenian concert. This evening performance was in remembrance of the 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A collaboratin of music and art. It was artfully prepared by the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs and the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School, based in Bayside, NY.
The artists presented a program featuring both Armenian and non-Armenian music to bring a celebration of life, love and hope to Armenians and the wolrd population at large. This was commemoration and celebration of the human spirit.
Danielle Ashbahian did the introduction in English and Nicole Mark in Armenian:
Nicole Mark played Gomidas Vartabed's "Karoon" which means "Spring". Spring of 1915 in Turkey was not any life-giving and rebirth, it was spring of most inhuman act unimaginable against the indigenous people of Asia Minor: the Armenians, the Greeks and Assyrians. Spring of unimaginable horror, the hight of the first genocide of the 20th century took place.
Getting back to the rebirth and commemoration concert, Tanya Gabrielian on piano payed Mansourian's "Nostalgia".
Then the Zvartnotz Quartet played E. Mirzoyan's "String Quartet No.1" - "Theme and Variations". The Quartet's musicians are: Cecee Pantikian on violin, Nikita Morozov on violin, Aleksandr Nazaryan on viola, David Bakamjian on cello.
The Zvartnotz Quartet with Tanya Gabrielian played Dvorak's "Piano Quintet no.2 in A Major" "Op.81"
The benediction was done by Father Abraham Malkhasyan.
In tradition of Armenian hospitality, after the concert everyone was invited to reception with all home-made delicacies.
Surprise poetry by multi-talented Arthur Ipek: