A 100-Year Journey of Remembrance and Song


DetroitCOnertDETROIT — The Detroit Armenian Chorale and Orchestra is proud to present a public concert commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The concert will be held on Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m. at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Max M. Fisher Music Center located at 3711 Woodward Avenue.

A 100-Year Journey of Remembrance and Song is for people of all ages and backgrounds interested in experiencing the deeply moving sound of Armenian music. The concert features sacred, secular, folk, classical and popular songs. All blended into a seamless flow of music from the heart. The event will include stories about families that survived and how they immigrated and recreated their lives in America. The Hamazkayin Dance Ensemble will accompany a few selections with their authentic interpretations of Armenian dance.

Audience reactions to the Detroit Armenian Chorale and Orchestra after their participation in the April 24, standing room only ecumenical service at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia were overwhelming.

The Detroit Armenian Chorale and Orchestra is directed by the nationally recognized and accomplished Rubik Mailian, music director at St. John Armenian Church in Southfield. The choir is composed of 50 singers affiliated with four Detroit Metropolitan Armenian Churches, and members of the Armenian Community living in metropolitan Detroit. The orchestra is comprised of mainly strings and woodwinds organized for this event by first violinist Henrik Karapetyan.

Tickets are $10 for adults, with children under 7 free of charge. Complimentary bus transportation from St. John Armenian Church (Southfield), St. Sarkis Armenian Church (Dearborn) and the Armenian Congregational Church (Southfield) is available but reservations are required. To purchase tickets and make bus reservations call (248) 206-5527 or email armenianchurchesofdetroit@gmail.com. You may also purchase tickets online through www.dso.org or by calling the DSO Max M. Fisher Music Center box office.

The event is underwritten by the Vanerian-Darrejian Families and supported by the Armenian Churches of Greater Detroit Genocide Centennial Committee.

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