TCA- NY Valentine’s Day Dance to feature André

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LODI, N.J. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association of New York, under the auspices of the TCA Board of Directors of USA and Canada, will present a Valentine’s Dance, on February 9, starting at 7 p.m., featuring international Armenian superstar André.

The dance will take place at The Elan, in Lodi. Tickets are $125 ($150 after February 2), and $100 for Young Professionals. There will be an open bar and a four-course dinner.

André is one of the most popular pop stars of Armenia, winning the Best Male Singer trophy at various music awards in Armenia starting in 2004.

Andre, who was born in Stepanakert, Artsakh, started singing at the age of 3. Although war was taking its toll on the country and its people, the only guiding light and hope forAndré was the music and his dream of singing. These events led him to write his first song, Prayer, at the early age of nine.

Upon winning the musical contest “Road to Renaissance” at the age of 15, he started his professional career. While working for 5 years at the State Theater of Music, he pursued his education at the Yerevan State Conservatory of Music and obtained his PhD.

In addition to success as a singer, he has been a judge in several big television shows in Armenia, such as “Pop Idol”, “My name is…”, “Premiere” and “The X Factor.” André also has his own reality show called “Andrenaline.”

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In 2006 he was the first artist to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing one of the 37 songs in Athens. There André sang Without Your Love, a mixture between modern Western and traditional Armenian music. The song was composed by an Armenian celebrity, Armen Martirosyan, the conductor of the Armenian Jazz Orchestra. After qualifying through the semi-final André finished in 8th place in the competition with 129 points.

Also providing music  that night will be DJ Shant (Shant Babikian), a New York and New Jersey based DJ.

Hilda Hartounian, chair of TCA of Greater New York, expressed her happiness with the lineup.

The event’s benefactors are Ed and Carmen Gulbenkian and Vartan Nazerian.

“Valentine’s Day is such a fun celebration and the local branch of the TCA wants to bring that joy to our friends in the area,” she said. “And we are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, the Gulbenkians and Vartan Nazerian.”

To see him sing one of his songs, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHIz9wat9uU

Topics: Concert, Music

To reserve seats, visit https://ticketstripe.com/TCAValentinesDayDinnerDance. For further information and seating, write to rsvptaliab@gmail.com or call 917-238-3970.

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