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July 20, 2007
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present Spirit of Armenia! on Sunday, July 29, at the Hollywood Bowl. This performance is part of the Sunday evening performances that comprise the 2007 KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. This first-ever night completely dedicated to Armenian music and culture features renowned Armenian artists, and the colorful costumes and dancing that symbolize the spirit Armenian. This evening's host is Tom Schnabel, KCRW personality and the Philharmonic's Program Advisor for World Music.
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September 22, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- The skies may have been cloudy, but Glendale Community College students brought good cheer with them Thursday at an Armenian Independence Day celebration in the college's San Gabriel Plaza. The pulsing sound of Armenian music could be heard approaching the school's administration building, where about 300 students had stopped in the plaza to watch the band perform and try some beef and chicken kabob barbecue.
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November 17, 1999
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - The rhythm got to Lisa Ohanian and many other students. With Armenian music blasting through San Rafael Plaza Tuesday afternoon, Lisa, 17, and others linked pinkies and began twisting, turning and kicking up their feet. Tadeh Dermardirosian, 19, soon jumped into the small but lively crowd and began showing off the complicated moves he has learned in his Armenian dance class. Though the dancing troupe scheduled to perform for Armenian Cultural Day was forced to cancel, students provided the entertainment by performing traditional Armenian dances themselves.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 10, 2007
Musical diversity is what members of Element Band strive for, and to classify their genre of music would be difficult considering their varied style. “The musical influences span the entire globe,” percussionist Jeero Habeshian said. “It’s everything from old Armenian music to Greek to French and Spanish, rock, classical. It’s a very diverse band, musically speaking.” The band will perform Saturday at the city of Glendale’s Unity Fest at Verdugo Park.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 14, 2009
Vahagn Turgutyan is following in his father’s footsteps playing flamenco guitar, but he has a style all his own. Turgutyan blends the traditional sounds with Armenian music. “What I do is extract certain nuances and melodic fragments from Armenian music and blend it with Flamenco styles and rhythms,” he said. “Flamenco music has a lot of influences — Moorish, Indian, etc. — I feel that Armenian music complements flamenco when it is done with the proper accuracy.
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May 14, 2004
The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Western Regional Executive will launch its third annual festival in celebration of the organization's 94th anniversary at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on May 15 and 16. The festival will bring Armenian music, art, dance, history and culinary heritage under one roof. Be transported to an era when women sewed their own clothing and household items. See what they prepared before their weddings. Enjoy traditional wedding festivities and an Armenian costume show.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 29, 2007
The sounds of an instrument from centuries past echoed through the auditorium of Glendale Community College on Sunday as Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg played the glass armonica with a gentle touch of her fingertips. Holsberg performed to a full house in honor of Cultural Diversity Month. St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church organized the event. This year’s theme was the Armenian language. “It’s cultural diversity month in October and this year was dedicated to the Armenian language and alphabet,” said Mary Tchagaspanian, board of trustees member of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.
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November 16, 2000
Buck Wargo DOWNTOWN -- Anyone planning a fling will have their chance to so do on Sunday. The Glendale Downtown Merchants Assn. will host a Fall Fling 2000 street and music festival. Maryland Street north of Broadway will be closed for the fair. The event starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Twenty local merchants will hold a sidewalk sale. Restaurants on the block will be open and others from downtown will set up food booths. A beer garden will also open.
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By By Fred Ortega | January 16, 2006
Live Greek and Armenian music entertains shoppers at the bookstore on Sunday.The exotic sounds of the Armenian dohl drum and the Middle-Eastern oud drew bookish shoppers out of the aisles at Borders Books and Music Sunday, as Ara Gholdoian and his quartet performed a free concert of Armenian and Greek folk music that temporarily turned the second floor of the bookstore into a dance hall. Family members and dance students of drummer Tom Bozigian formed dance lines and stomped to the beat of the Greek classic "Miserlou" and other songs in the traditional Greek "sirto" rhythm.
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By: Fred Ortega | September 26, 2005
The music was loud and festive, the smell of shish-kebabs wafted through the air and the traditional tahn yogurt drink flowed freely at Verdugo Park Sunday, as thousands of Armenians gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their native country's independence from the former Soviet Union, which took place on Sept. 21, 1990. The event, organized by the Nor Serount (New Generation) Cultural Assn., was the sixth annual Armenian Independence Day festival held at the park.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 14, 2009
Vahagn Turgutyan is following in his father’s footsteps playing flamenco guitar, but he has a style all his own. Turgutyan blends the traditional sounds with Armenian music. “What I do is extract certain nuances and melodic fragments from Armenian music and blend it with Flamenco styles and rhythms,” he said. “Flamenco music has a lot of influences — Moorish, Indian, etc. — I feel that Armenian music complements flamenco when it is done with the proper accuracy.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 29, 2007
The sounds of an instrument from centuries past echoed through the auditorium of Glendale Community College on Sunday as Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg played the glass armonica with a gentle touch of her fingertips. Holsberg performed to a full house in honor of Cultural Diversity Month. St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church organized the event. This year’s theme was the Armenian language. “It’s cultural diversity month in October and this year was dedicated to the Armenian language and alphabet,” said Mary Tchagaspanian, board of trustees member of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ani Amirkhanian | October 10, 2007
Musical diversity is what members of Element Band strive for, and to classify their genre of music would be difficult considering their varied style. “The musical influences span the entire globe,” percussionist Jeero Habeshian said. “It’s everything from old Armenian music to Greek to French and Spanish, rock, classical. It’s a very diverse band, musically speaking.” The band will perform Saturday at the city of Glendale’s Unity Fest at Verdugo Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2007
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present Spirit of Armenia! on Sunday, July 29, at the Hollywood Bowl. This performance is part of the Sunday evening performances that comprise the 2007 KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. This first-ever night completely dedicated to Armenian music and culture features renowned Armenian artists, and the colorful costumes and dancing that symbolize the spirit Armenian. This evening's host is Tom Schnabel, KCRW personality and the Philharmonic's Program Advisor for World Music.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | January 16, 2006
Live Greek and Armenian music entertains shoppers at the bookstore on Sunday.The exotic sounds of the Armenian dohl drum and the Middle-Eastern oud drew bookish shoppers out of the aisles at Borders Books and Music Sunday, as Ara Gholdoian and his quartet performed a free concert of Armenian and Greek folk music that temporarily turned the second floor of the bookstore into a dance hall. Family members and dance students of drummer Tom Bozigian formed dance lines and stomped to the beat of the Greek classic "Miserlou" and other songs in the traditional Greek "sirto" rhythm.
NEWS
By: Fred Ortega | September 26, 2005
The music was loud and festive, the smell of shish-kebabs wafted through the air and the traditional tahn yogurt drink flowed freely at Verdugo Park Sunday, as thousands of Armenians gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their native country's independence from the former Soviet Union, which took place on Sept. 21, 1990. The event, organized by the Nor Serount (New Generation) Cultural Assn., was the sixth annual Armenian Independence Day festival held at the park.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2004
The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Western Regional Executive will launch its third annual festival in celebration of the organization's 94th anniversary at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on May 15 and 16. The festival will bring Armenian music, art, dance, history and culinary heritage under one roof. Be transported to an era when women sewed their own clothing and household items. See what they prepared before their weddings. Enjoy traditional wedding festivities and an Armenian costume show.
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November 26, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Hovhannes Shahbazyan took top honors as best male vocalist and Zaruhi Babayan headed the list as best female vocalist of the year at the fifth annual Armenian Music Awards. About 1,500 people packed The Alex Theatre on Sunday night for this year's Armenian Music Awards. Guest announcers included System of a Down singer Serj Tankian and Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police. "We had about four hours of show and then we had all of the stars popping in and out all night," said Peter Bahlawanian, the show's founder and producer.
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November 19, 2001
Ryan Carter GLENDALE -- Armenia's history was celebrated while recognizing the best of International Armenian musical artistry at the 4th Annual Armenian Music Awards held at The Alex Theatre on Friday. This year's theme celebrated the 1,700-year-old milestone of the acceptance of Christianity as Armenia's religion. As part of the production this year, a timeline chronicling the history behind the culture of the Armenian republic was woven through the event's 20 live performances.
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November 21, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Instead of enjoying the success of this year's Armenian Music Awards, show producer Peter Bahlawanian is already thinking of ways to make the annual Alex Theatre event even better. The third annual awards ceremony brought hundreds of people out to The Alex on Friday night to see some of the world's most well-known Armenian musicians perform. "We wanted to put on a show that would interest anybody, from any culture and I think we achieved it," said Bahlawanian, the show's founder.
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