PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This year marks the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence. For this occasion, the Armenian Music Festival of Rhode Island Inc., supported by The Armenian Euphrates Evangelical Church, Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church and Armenian organizations of Rhode Island, will present “Salute to Armenia.” This special program, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, will be held on Saturday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral, Providence.
The Republic of Armenia’s ambassadors to the United States and the United Nations have accepted invitations to participate in “Salute to Armenia.” Federal, state and local dignitaries will also be invited.
The commemorative concert will include performances by: Metropolitan Opera singer Yegishe Manucharyan, Victoria Avetisyan (Massachusetts), Garo Nichanian (Canada), Kate Norigian, Joanne Mouradjian, David Ayriyan, Debra Takian Pjojian, David Gevorkian, Gohar Manjelikian, David Alexander, Mher Saribekyan, Alexan Tokatlian (New York), The Armenian Chorales of Rhode Island and Greater Worcester and the Philharmonic Community Symphony Orchestra of Rhode Island. Konstantin Petrossian is artistic director and conductor.
Guest composers from Armenia, Martin Vardazaryan and Levon Chaushyan, will also be in attendance.
In addition to traditional Armenian music, the program will premier songs composed especially for this event by Armenian composers.
Admission is free and open to the public and all are invited to a reception following the concert.