NEW YORK, N.Y. (A.W.)—The Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society of New York’s “Dzirani” children’s choir held its debut performance on April 29, at the Saint Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral.
In her opening remarks, Chair of the Hamazkayin New York chapter, Asdghig Sevag, said that the choir was formed last November with the direct support of the spiritual leaders of the St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral and the St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, as well as the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) “Armen Garo” Gomideh. She also thanked the parents of the choir members for their dedication and commitment to the project.
The choir is led by tenor Kevork Hadjian. Born in Anjar, Lebanon, in 1971, Hadjian studied at the “Parsegh Ganachian” musical institute of Lebanon’s Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and previously conducted the children’s chorus of Anjar’s “Harach” college, which won first place in the “Parsegh Ganachian” competition among 14 choruses of Armenian schools. He has performed with the “Shnorhali” Chorus of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, “Kousan” Chorus, “Gomidas” Chorus, and “Fayha” Chorus of Tripoli, among others. He has also performed solo concerts in Lebanon, Syria, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Armenia, Artsakh, Cyprus, Canada, and across the United States. He has given multiple concerts to Armenian troops serving on the front lines in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh Republic/NKR) and in Armenian border towns.
The “Dzirani” choir’s debut performance opened with the Armenian National Anthem, after which they performed “Azg Parapants,” “Dzayn Dur Ov Feday,” “Sardarabad,” and several other Armenian patriotic songs. Soloists included Sarine Zeitlian, Ann Marie Hazarian, Anahid Injigulian, Bedros Hovannisian, Tro Torosian, and Lori Trtryan. As a finale, the choir performed Edgar Hovannisian’s classic, “Yerevan Erebuni“.
After the performance, His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, congratulated the choir’s debut performance and wished them success for years to come.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-Atlantic