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[FAR Partnerships]: Sahan Arzruni’s “Keyboard Conversations” Reaches Across Generations image

Leaning over the black piano, poised with that special tension common to great musicians, Sahan Arzruni opened his performances with poignant chords that reverberated like a tender conversation. These conversations skimmed through six major cities of Armenia and Artsakh: Gyumri, Vanadzor, Berd, Ashtarak, Goris and Stepanakert.

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[FAR Science]: Former ANSEF Grantee Receives Prize in Mathematics standard

Anush Tserunyan is into mathematics. An assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, this year Anush was awarded the 2015 Emil Artin Junior Prize in Mathematics. Established in 2001, the Emil Artin Prize is presented each year to a former student of an Armenian university for outstanding contributions in algebra, geometry, topology and numbers theory. The Fund for Armenian Relief is proud to support this project through its endowment Fund established by Dr. Victor Pambuccian. “It is very inspiring to receive this award. It is a great honor for me,” said Anush. “Doing mathematics is what makes me feel coolest. I can’t imagine my life without it.” Her interest in math was sparked by her late uncle, a physicist ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children’s Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children's Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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[VOAH]: ‘Autumn Sounds’ Visits Vanadzor Old Age Home. standard

By Gayane Gevorgyan Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) recently hosted the wonderful choir “Autumn Sounds.” Its singers are all members of the Old Yerevantsi Resident’s Association NGO, which is nearly seven years old. There are 30 members, most of whom are women. The group varies in age, and the participants also come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Yet, any differences between them do not prevent members from uniting through song and spreading their kindness all around. Autumn Sounds’ art director is engineering professor Karlen Babayan. In spite of the lack of any musical education, he has written many beautiful songs, some of which were performed for VOAH residents during their visit. Compositions by Khachatur Avetisyan, Barsegh Kanachyan, and ...

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[FAR New York]: Theater Review. Komitas – An Abstract. standard

Read how Armenia fared at the California International Theatre Festival. By Aram Kouyoumdjian via Asbarez.com The opening piece, “Komitas’ 10 Commandments,” held considerable promise – given its premise.  It was constructed around the 10 “commandments” that Komitas had devised for singers.  Komitas (born Soghomon Soghomonian) was a priest, but his iconic contribution to Armenian culture came in the realm of music; he collected and notated over 3,000 folk songs that had previously existed only in the oral tradition.  He survived the Genocide, but he witnessed its brutalities, and the traumatic experience wrecked his psyche, leaving him to spend his later years hospitalized in Paris until his death in 1935. Please continue reading here. The body as canvas in “Komitas’ 10 ...

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