Gomidas Vartabed 150th Anniversary Celebration – Cyprus

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A Musical Celebration marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed, the Legendary Armenian Priest, composer, ethnomusicologist, researcher and Choirmaster, was organized by the Office of the Armenian Representative Mr. Vartkes Mahdesian.

Gomidas Vartabed event

The full-house event, that place on Friday 15 November 2019 at the Casteliotissa Hall in Nicosia, was in participation with Cypriot Armenian Soprano Sona Gargaloyan and Pianist Lilia Danielyan Khatchatryan.
Well recognized Cypriot Armenian teacher, artist, radio presenter, professor Violet Tashdjian, warmly welcomed the guests and recited “Anlreli Zankagadoun” written by Barouyr Sevag, after a short film that narrated the life of Gomidas Vartabed.

The audience enjoyed Soprano Sona Gargaloyan’s performance of “Kele Kele”, “Dzirani Dzar”, “Chinar es” followed by “Shogher Jan” performed by Panayiota Theodorou a Greek Cypriot young talent. Next was a breathtaking dance performance by Hamazkayin SIPAN Dance Ensemble on Sevag Amroyan and Sona Shahgeldyan’s duet of “Sareri Hovin Mernem” under the supervision of Choreographer Krikor Keleshian.

For the second part, Sona Gargaloyan performed “Keler Tsoler”, “Hov Arek Sarer”,  “Andouni”, “Groung”, and “Alakiaz” sung by Kyriakos Anastasiou another Greek Cypriot young talent, afterward Hamazkayin SIPAN Dance Ensemble’s second performance of the night with a series of  Armenian dance.
The event concluded with a Prayer by His Eminence Archbishop Khoren Doghramadjian, primate vicar of the Armenian Orthodox Church of Cyprus.

Sona Gargaloyan performingng live on Aypoupen Facebook


Soprano Sona Gargaloyan is an “Opera and Concert Soloist and Singing Professor”, graduate of the Komitas State Conservatoire under the well-known soprano Professor Gohar Gasparian obtaining the Master Diploma with distinction. She has collaborated with conductors Aram Katanian, Vigen Tchartchoglian, Majei Zoltowsky, Haig Utidjian, Karen Durgaryan, and Spiros Pisinos and has performed in various concerts and recitals in Armenia, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Malta, France, and Greece, etc. accompanied by various Philharmonic and Symphonic orchestras. Moreover, Sona Gargaloyan has been involved in more than fifteen years of pedagogic practice and has revealed and supported several young talents. She is a singing lecturer in the Music Department of the European University of Cyprus.

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