On Sunday, June 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. we’re hosting a program of Armenian culture for all ages, “Emerging from the Shadows: The Triumph of the Armenian Spirit.” Come enjoy Armenian songs (instrumentals featuring duduk, oud, dumbeg and piano), Armenian poetry recitation, Armenian dance, and craft making for children. This is a rare opportunity to hear the ancient duduk (doo-dook), a woodwind instrument with double reeds and a haunting timbre.
Musicians Mirijohn and Anoush Givelekian, Stamford residents, along with Richard and Connie Shelengian of White Plains, are two husband-wife couples seeking to preserve their culture and share it with the community. The Aradzani Dance Ensemble, led by Robert Haroutunian, highlights traditional Armenian folk dances pre-1915. Deacon Narek Garabedian of the St. Nersess Seminary of New Rochelle will perform on the duduk, and guest concert pianist Rumiko Isaksen enhances the program with her dynamic and expressive interpretations on the keyboard.