CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall of Holy Trinity Armenian Church was transformed by its Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYOA) Junior and Senior members, together with parent volunteers, into an elegant setting for a talent show on the evening of April 28. Members of all ages of the Trinity community performed musical instruments, sang, recited Armenian poetry and danced in order to raise money for the youth and adult ministry programs of the parish.
Headlining the show was Boston magician and juggler Robert Clarke, whose feats of legerdemain and humor mesmerized the crowd in the non-literal sense of the word. Musical director Dan Teager not only guided the talent show from the audition process to its final performance behind the scenes, but also served as an adroit master of ceremonies, with quips, praise and encouragement ready for all circumstances. He and his Black Sea Combo, part of the 15-piece Black Sea Salsa world music group, provided additional music for the evening outside of the talent show performances.
Performers in addition to ACYOA members included the Manti Crew, a group of Holy Trinity adult volunteers under the direction of Becky Hintlian, who injected some Armenian humor and manti-connected dance moves to turn the Village People’s Macho Man into Manti Man.
Yn. Arpi Kouzouian, Holy Trinity Youth Director, thanked all the performers and volunteers at the end of the evening for their contributions to making the evening a success.