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Reporting concert of the “Saint Nerses the Gracious” Choir of “Hayartun” Center of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
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36664448On July 4, 2018, a concert took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Hall of the “Hayartun” Center of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, which became a summary of one-year activities of the “Surb Nerses Shnorhali” (“Saint Nerses the Gracious”) Choir. The clergy of the Diocese, Diocesan officials, parents and numerous guests were in attendance. The event was honored with the presence of the artistic director of the Armenian State Ensemble of Song and Dance after Tatul Altounian, Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia Zhirayr Altounian and his spouse; journalists of the “Armenia info” Gayane Zargaryan and Karine Hovsepyan. The event started with the Lord's Prayer and the blessings of the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, His Grace Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan.
Levon Chidilyan, Director of the Cultural Department of the Armenian Diocese and the Head of the “Hayartun” Center offered opening remarks. In his welcome speech he touched upon activities of the “Saint Nerses the Gracious” Choir, emphasized that the Choir which was established together with the Center, is a vital source for the artistic development in the Diocese. Children with natural talent, but far from performing arts, became the members of the Choir, improved their skills, complemented the church choirs and became soloists who devoted themselves to the preservation and spreading of the Armenian music and songs in Georgia.
Announcer Aida Bazoyan presented the performances. The former members of the choir – now sound director Sergo Arutyunov, Ruzanna Mikaelyants, Donara Arsenyan and Edwin Akhoyan showed their performing achievements.
The festive appearance of the hall was even more beautiful, when young boys and girls of the “Saint Nerses the Gracious” Choir, in national costumes, as well as the youngest members led by Choirmaster Maria Abulyan and pianist Karen Mirzoyan, entered the hall.
Despite the fact that the Choir's staff was completely renewed, however, the list of performances was rich – classical, folk, national, patriotic songs in Armenian, Russian and Georgian languages, which were gracefully performed by the members of the choir.  Indeed, the work done was huge and the result of that hard work was satisfying and exciting. The performances were accompanied by the thunderous ovations of the attendees. The great conclusion of the concert was the wonderful performance of “Sardarapat” song accompanied by duduk and dhol.36590298
Zhirayr Altounian shared his impressions of the concert with great excitement. The latter highlighted the importance of sowing the Armenian identity into the hearts of these children, who lives out of the Motherland, their upbringing with the Armenian culture. He remembered his former experience of working with the children of the choir, expressed his respect to the choirmaster and pianist for their devoted work.
The speech of journalist Karine Hovsepyan was exciting. With joy and pride she spoke about the patriotic songs sounded by the children who live out of the Motherland.
The Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, His Grace Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan highly appreciated the reporting concert. He valued the high level of the performance skills, praised the leaders of the “Hayartun” Center, teachers of music for their hard efforts exerted, as well as for gathering the children at the Center and sowing the Armenian culture in their souls and the performances of the samples of the national culture by them. The Diocesan Primate expressed his gratitude to the students' parents who realized the importance of the Armenian education and upbringing and brought their children to the “Hayartun” Center.
It should be reminded that the admission period to the groups of the “Hayartun” Center for Education and Culture (adjunct to the Armenian Diocese in Georgia) has been already launched and will last until September. “Hayartun” Center already started reception to all the groups, preschool, Sunday school, creative groups. The doors of the Center will be opened until the beginning of August. The condition is the same: all the children must pass the selected round, those who do not know read and write in Armenian language should definitely become students of the Sunday school.

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