PHILADELPHIA — A group of exceptionally talented young musicians from Armenia infused a powerful dose of pride into the Philadelphia Armenian community with their repertoire of exuberant Armenian dances, instrumentals, and songs in a one-of-a-kind intercommunal event in celebration of Vartanantz Day at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 15.
Draped in exquisite Armenian costumes, the group called Armfolk, brought the audience of more than 225 guests to their feet multiple times during the hourlong performance.
The musical extravaganza featured nine young dancers performing such favorites as Kochari and Shoushigi.
An accomplished young qanunist, Kristine Yengoyan, inspired the audience with her mastery of the ancient instrument in such pieces as Groong and Perpetuum.
And a celebrated singer, Hayk Avetisyan, exhilarated guests with a series of patriotic songs, concluding with Yes im anoosh Hayasdani (My Sweet Armenia).
The incredible display was thanks largely to the efforts of Tigran Mnoyan, the artistic director of Prof Art Dance Studio of Yerevan, and Aleksan Zakyan, the president of the Armenian National Delphic Committee, an international initiative for peace and harmony through encounters of cultures.