Three well-known local artists made their first appearance as the Glendale Trio on March 28 at First Baptist Church of Glendale as part of the Glendale Philharmonic’s fifth annual Positive Motions series. Violinist Roberto Cani, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra concertmaster, joined pianist Armen Guzelimian and cellist Ruslan Biryukov, the series’ curator, in performances of Arno Babajanian’s Piano Trio in F-sharp minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor.
More than one thousand five hundred jazz aficionados flocked the John Wayne Performing Arts Center on March 28th for the highly anticipated concert featuring the internationally renowned jazz vocalist Datevik Hovanesian, the Tigran Martikyan Quartet, and Fractal Limit. "Jazz Variations" - a Komitas tribute concert was organized by the Hi-Am Charity Foundation in commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America attended the concert accompanied by Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan. Archbishop Derderian commended the Mr. Nshan Ajemyan, President of Hi-Am Charity Foundation and the performers for the wonderful initiative of honoring the renowned Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer and choirmaster.
The Youth Concert, "Rebirth from the Ashes", under the Auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese was held on March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday evening, at 7:00 PM at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, in Burbank.
The 100-year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide continues as the AGBU Asbeds of the Pasadena-Glendale Chapter present “What the World Witnessed a Century Ago: Front Page Coverage in the World Press,” April 8, 9 and 10 at the Skirball Center, located at 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. This 3-day historical event features a gripping, must-see poster exhibition of front-page coverage in the world press during the Armenian Genocide, as well as compelling presentations and notable speakers.
On March 30, Deacon Daniel Aydenian, the Primate's Representative at the State Capitol and the Deacon In Charge of Holy Cross Armenian Church in Turlock met with His Grace Bishop Mar Awa Royel, Bishop of the Diocese of California of the Assyrian Church of the East. Deacon Aydenian conveyed the condolences and sympathies of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian on the passing of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.
Palm Sunday marked a new chapter in the life of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Palmdale. The newly appointed Pastor Archpriest Father Asoghig Jamgotchian celebrated his first Divine Liturgy as the congregants flocked the sanctuary for the official start of Holy Week.
The Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Ksachikyan celebrated his first Divine Liturgy as Pastor of St. James Armenian Church in Sacramento on March 29th, Palm Sunday. Father Ksachikyan and his Yeretzgin Tatev were welcomed by the family of St. James Armenian Church. The celebrant priest was officially introduced to the congregation by Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian who also read the congratulatory letter of the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian addressed to the young priest.
A historic celebration of the Divine Liturgy will take place on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Vatican in memory of the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The day's celebrant will be His Holiness Pope Francis I. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and dignitaries of the Republic of Armenia will also be in attendance.
On a number of occasions throughout the year, Diocesan clergy of the Greater Los Angeles area visit the elderly residents of Ararat Home. This year was no exception. Earlier in the year the clergy paid a visit with to the residents and conveyed their cordial greetings on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Christ, our Lord. On March 31, the established annual Diocesan tradition continued. On the occasion of the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the Primate and Diocesan clergy paid a pastoral visit to Ararat Home and greeted the residents.
The 100 Year Journey is a multimedia experience about a descendant of genocide who returns back to his ancestral homeland 100 years later. The installation is a contemporary expression of ancient treasures discovered in the land, heritage and spiritual traditions. It is a portal into the heart of a people and the self. An offering for Peace today, a beacon of inspiration and empowerment for tomorrow.
On March 29, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Armenian Church celebrated the Feast of Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is also annually declared to be the Blessing of Children Day.
Vayk Voskian has been an A.G.B.U. - A.Y.A. Valley Chapter’s Antranik Troop 440’s scout for nearly 12 years. In order to achieve the highest rank in scouting, which is the Eagle Scout, a scout must take on a service project based completely on donations and volunteer help. Vayk decided to achieve that rank and at the same time, serve his church.
Befitting to what is clearly inscribed in its mission statement to staunchly support Christian education and values, the Ladies Society Central Council showed its loyalty and continuous admiration for St. Gregory’s Alfred and Marguerite Hovsepian School by personally delivering to the school the monetary donations of the various Western Diocese Ladies Societies as well as its own.
Close 100 ecumenical guests, professors, Law School students and community members attended the Armenian Genocide Centennial Dedication Dinner at the Melikian Hall of St. Apkar Armenian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 20, 2015. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event and delivered his message to the ecumenical leaders, ASU guest faculty and parishioners.