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1700 Jubilee Concert in Istanbul

Srpots Vartanants Choir of the Ferikoy parish presented a program on the 1700 Jubilee of the Armenian Church on May 23, under the auspices of His Beatitude Mesrob II, Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul and All Turkey, who attended the performance held at the Holy Vartanants Armenian Church in Ferikoy.

Revd Fr Hmayak Dunanyan offered welcoming remarks and Puzant Akbash made a short presentation in Armenian and Turkish.

The choir, led by Mr Adrushan Hallacyan, beautifully performed a selection of 22 polyphonic sacred Armenian hymns and songs, composed by a wide range of musicians, including Gomidas, Ara Barthevian, Edgar Manas, Jirair Arslaniants and Khoren Meyhanedjian.

One of the highlights of the program was the choir’s magnificent performance of “Nanor,” a song describing a people’s spiritual pilgrimage to the 4th century Monastery of Surp Karapet (St John the Forerunner), which used to be a famous shrine in Mush attended by thousands of pilgrims annually until the
beginning of the 20th century.

The concert concluded with Gomidas’ “Lord’s Prayer”, before which Patriarch Mesrob congratulated the members of the choir and its conductor, as well as the hundreds of the people who had attended this wonderful program. “This certainly was one of the best events organised on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary,” the Patriarch said.

High-ranking clergymen and ecumenical guests were also in the audience, among His Grace Bishop Aram, the Grand Ecclesiarch of the Patriarchal See, His excellency Bishop Louis Pelatre, the Latin Apostolic Vicar in Istanbul, and representatives of the Armenian Catholic and Evangelical Churches, the
Syrian Orthodox and Bulgarian Orthodox churches.

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