MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — As part of a nine-concert, four city tour of South America, KOHAR performed here on October 23 and 24, bringing the audiences to their feet.
KOHAR’s 170 members traveled from Armenia to South America, beginning with Uruguay, where its program, titled “All Time Armenian Favorites,” were performed with many new songs that were orchestrated exclusively for South American audiences. In Montevideo in particular, the song La Cumparsita, a Uruguayan tango, brought tears to the eyes of the audience when it was combined with Im Karavan, the renowned Armenian song that yearns for the caravan to take the Armenian people on an eternal journey destined to their homeland.
KOHAR mesmerized again with its charm, beauty, dance choreography and presentation on stage. The audience applauded every appearance of a solo performer, and at the end of each song applauded again with chants of “bravo.”
The pinnacle of both concerts was the distribution of more than 1,200 Kingdom of Cilicia flags per show, which were waved by the audience during the song Veraganknir Guiliguia that brought the stage to emotional heights by boasting the ancestral roots of the dispersed Armenians that still covet the return of their ancestral lands.
José Mujica, the president of Uruguay, and his wife, were seen enjoying the first night of the concert.
KOHAR is the brainchild of Armenian cultural patron, Harout Khatchadourian of Lebanon, who along with his brothers, sustains the activities and concerts of KOHAR in memory of his father and as tribute to his mother.