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16 October 2006: Lark Musical Society’s Reopening Press Release

Posted by Christina on March 2, 2009

135181160398920music-scroll1The conservatory I went to for a good part of my childhood was relocating and having a concert to raise awareness and money for the organization. Working with the editors at the Armenian Observer and with the principal of the conservatory, I had this press release for them to publish in the more popular Armenian publications.

Lark Musical Society’s Reopening Press Release

Lark Musical Society first established in 1989, when a goal oriented amalgam of Armenian-American musicians, teachers and community members with advocacy and appreciation for the arts came together to turn their minor conceived notions into a reality. Their love for the proliferation of the Armenian musical arts augmented into an organization that combined the Armenian musical tradition with those of the American culture and Western classical music.

“[It’s] important to the curriculum to make western cultural music an everyday presence while emphasizing whatever goodness from Armenian musical tradition,” says the conservatory’s principal, Vatsche Barsoumian, whose visionary mind parented what Lark is today. “With a steady diet of standard western repertoire [we have a] unique appreciation to musical education. We mesh together two cultures with the most modern performance techniques we have mastered.”

Lark now contains seven divisions, namely the Lark Chorus for adults, The Rainbow Children’s Choir, a folk instrumental ensemble, the Tavigh Dance Troupe participating in various local functions, the Dilijan Chamber Music Concert Series, Drazark Publishing with over thirty publications and the Conservatory with specialized areas of instruction.

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30 December 2005: The Ninth Annual Celebrating Saroyan Event

Posted by Christina on March 1, 2009

613-saroyan_ledestandaloneprod_affiliate8I was invited to cover this event by American-Armenian author and poet, William Saroyan’s niece, Jacqueline Kazarian during the event’s ninth year. The program was truly inspiring and thoroughly memorable moment in celebrating the Armenian heritage.

The Ninth Annual Celebrating Saroyan Event

In the North Beach section of San Francisco, California, City Lights Bookstore sits like a beacon of tradition and history in a dark fog of our fears of forgetting. Our nation’s first all paperback bookstore was founded in 1953 by Peter D. Martin and San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It fostered the Beat movement of the 1950’s and become a sort of plentiful, precious hole-in-the-wall for books on social and political issues, fiction, essays, memoirs, translations and poetry. Today, City Lights maintains its historical value and continues to help pave the way for up and coming poets of our generation. Its surrounding streets have been named after some of greatest writers of our time. It’s no surprise then, that cross streets to 261 Columbus Avenue are none other than Jack Kerouac Alley and William Saroyan Place.

“One of the most important things that I can share with you are my stories that I’ve experienced, stories that I’ve heard from my great grandmother, Lucy, and my grandmother, Takoohi, from my Auntie Cosette, from my mother…and Uncle Bill,” says Jacqueline Kazarian, Saroyan’s niece, who has been orchestrating this event since its first installment in 1996. Kazarian marks the Ninth Annual Celebrating Saroyan Event at the San Francisco Public Library by first presenting treasured memories from her childhood with “Uncle Bill,” namely how one of our century’s most celebrated writers created a “live laboratory” from his sister’s five children. “He never talked about this but he must have known that he was going to use us as the inspiration for some of his stories,” Kazarian explains.

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