Levon Hovsepian on piano with a student

Boston Area ‘Armenian Culture Connection’ Holds Its First Events

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BOSTON — The Armenian Culture Connection (ACC) was founded six months ago in Boston.

“Our mission,” says founder Izabella Djevalikian, “is to connect with Armenian and other cultural organizations in Greater Boston to promote Armenian art and culture to the public at large.”

Participants in the Our Young Talents concert

ACC’s first project was its Armenian Youth Chorus, directed by Artur Veranian, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed choral/orchestral conductor. The chorus debuted on May 19, at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Watertown, to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic’s independence.

ACC’s next event was the “Our Young Talents” concert on May 21, which was held at the First Parish of Watertown. Well-known pianist and teacher Levon Hovsepian donated his time to serve as the artistic director for the event. Thirty-six children of all ages performed Armenian music and poetry in front of some 180 people. The concert was broadcast by Watertown Cable TV.

“As the concert was a big success,” notes Djevalikian, “we hope to make Our Young Talents an annual spring event.”

Another ACC project was exhibiting the art of Shahen Zarookian and Bernard Djevalikian at the Beacon Hill Art Walk on Sunday, June 4, in Boston. In the near future, ACC is planning to hold exhibitions of various Armenian artists in other Boston area cities.

Armenian Culture Connection founder Izabella Djevalikian

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“Our next event, scheduled for July 1,” says Djevalikian, “is the Armenian Youth Social Night. The goal is to create the opportunity for the young generations to socialize and exchange ideas, while enjoying music and dancing, ethnic food and refreshments.”

The Armenian Culture Connection is actively working on even more programs. “We plan to participate in two international cultural events to be held this fall,” she said. ACC’s website and Facebook page are forthcoming so the public can check for upcoming programs and news.

 

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