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[FAR Partnerships; GTech; FAR Soup Kitchens; FAR Schools]: St. Sahag Visitors Touched by Their Visits to Gyumri Project Sites image

In addition to their stop at the FAR Children’s Center, the visiting group from St. Sahag Armenian Church in St. Paul, MN, visited three of FAR’s project sites located in Gyumri—the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech), the Nishan and Margrit Atinizian Senior Center, and the Octet Music School.

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[FAR Schools]: Octet Concert Series Ends 2015 on a High Note image

The talented students of Gyumri’s Octet Music School continue to perform throughout Armenia, with their most recent show held at the end of November at United World College (UWC) in Dilijan. The concert was part of a year-long series of performances dedicated to the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, which took Octet students to Gyumri, Echmiadzin, Charentsavan and Stepanavan, as well as Dsegh Village in Lori Province where the great Armenian poet and humanist Hovhannes Tumanyan was born. While the UWC concert was the final for 2015, Octet’s administration has decided to continue performances throughout 2016 as well. “Saying I liked the concert would be an understatement,” said Vivek Gandhi, a UWC math teacher from India. “It was absolutely amazing. I ...

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[FAR New York]: Diocese Names Ian Gillan Friend of the Armenians standard

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Ian Gillan, and FAR Board Chairman Randy Sapah-Gulian  (Mediamax) On May 2 the famed British rock star Ian Gillan was honored as the Eastern Diocese’s “Friend of the Armenians 2014” for using the power of music for the good of the Armenian people. Chair of the FAR Board of Directors Randy Sapah-Gulian presented the award to Mr. Gillan during the 112th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Diocese in New York. Mistress of ceremonies and FAR friend and benefactor Sandra Shahinian Leitner pointed out that the large number of guests present spoke to the high regard and respect that Mr. Gillan has inspired in the community. Indeed, his generous spirit and his intense commitment to Armenia for the ...

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[FAR Schools]: Dozens of Instruments to Be Sent to Octet Music School standard

Canadian Tim Irving loves music. He also loves Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, which led him to support WhoCares – an initiative led by the lead singers of both of these groups to rebuild and refurbish the Octet Music School in Gyumri. The shipment of the dozens of instruments Irving collected is being carried out and covered by FAR. Gyumri will soon witness the opening of Octet’s brand-new school building, which is being constructed thanks to the concerted efforts of Mediamax, FAR and the Australian Do Something organization, which manages the WhoCares project. Click here to read the Mediamax article.

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[FAR Schools]: Octet Music School Construction: Commencement Ceremony standard

In less than a week’s time, on the 25th of September, FAR Board and staff members, together with Armenian public officials and representatives of the Armenian Apostolic Church, will attend the opening ceremony for the commencement of the construction of Octet Music School in Gyumri. This will mark the culmination of concerted efforts by major American-Armenian philanthropists and FAR benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Janet Mardigian, as well as Jon Dee’s internationally renowned “Do Something” organization from Australia, the Armenian “Mediamax” news agency, and acclaimed rockstars Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Geoff Downes of Yes/Asia. The construction process is already underway to transform the site into an important venue for numerous cultural events ...

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: Octet Students Say “Thank You” standard

Students from the Gyumri “Octet” School of Music recently presented a photo album called Octet is Grateful to Rock to British Musician Ian Gillan as a thank you for the work he has done to improve their school. All proceeds from this concert were donated to the Octet school. They presented the album to Gillan on the morning of his Deep Purple benefit concert, which was held in Armenia in May. Credit: Students of the Octet Music School

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: More Support for FAR’s Octet Music School Construction. standard

Proceeds from rockers Tony Iommi and Ian Gillans’ March concert at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall raised more than 18M AMD (approximately US$45k) for the renovation of FAR’s Octet Music School in Gyumri. Both artists are also recording some new songs, which will be sold to further raise proceeds. Ever since the two visited the school last October they have been dedicated to improving it. They began by donating several instruments and now their efforts are channeled toward a full-fledged reconstruction. Ian Gillan Credit: gillan.com

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: More Support for FAR's Octet Music School Construction. standard

Proceeds from rockers Tony Iommi and Ian Gillans’ March concert at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall raised more than 18M AMD (approximately US$45k) for the renovation of FAR’s Octet Music School in Gyumri. Both artists are also recording some new songs, which will be sold to further raise proceeds. Ever since the two visited the school last October they have been dedicated to improving it. They began by donating several instruments and now their efforts are channeled toward a full-fledged reconstruction. Ian Gillan Credit: gillan.com

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: 20 years later, rock returns with a message. standard

After 20 years away, rock artist Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, returned to Armenia to once again give back. Gillan, along with Tony Iommy of Heaven and Hell and Black Sabbath, Geoff Downs of Yes, and Guitarist and Songwriter Jon Dee, led two benefit concerts at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall on March 26th and 27th to raise money for the reconstruction of the FAR’s Octet Music School in Gyumri. Gillan, along with members of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Yes, came to Armenia more than two decades ago in the wake of the devastating 1988 earthquake for the benefit concert Rock Helps Armenia, where he recorded the famous song “Smoke on the Water.” In October 2009, Gillan, Iommy, ...

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