PAROS CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMS CONCERT REMEMBERS SLAIN JOURNALIST
Yerevan, ArmeniaOn Tuesday, October 9, 2007 more than
100 people including representatives of Armenias media
corps joined Ambassador Rudolf Perena, Chargé dAffaires
of the United States Embassy in Armenia and friends of the
Paros Foundation at the Armenia Marriott Hotel in Yerevan
to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of slain American journalist
Daniel Pearl with a concert by the Paros Chamber Choir.
The Harmony for Humanity Concert featured works by such renown
composers as Komitas, Altunian, Vivaldi and Harutyunyan, and
were well received by the enthusiastic audience.
The Harmony for Humanity Concert was underwritten by a grant
from the United States Embassy in Yerevan and the reception
was sponsored in part by the Paros Foundation. The concept
for the Daniel Pearl Day of Music and the Concert Series was
inspired by the life of Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by
terrorists in 2002 in Pakistan. Music Days connects thousands
of diverse groups, using the universal language of music,
to diminish hatred, respect differences and inspire "Harmony
Ambassador Perina during his opening remarks spoke of how
the concept for this series of international concerts began
as a result of an Armenian. It is fitting that this
event takes place in Armenia, as it was Daniel Pearl's Armenian
American friend, George Pehlivanian, who, the day after the
world learned of Daniel's death, directed the Israeli Philharmonic
Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 as a tribute to
Daniel's life. Music becomes the best way to recognize
Daniel Pearl. This successful tribute ultimate inspired the
Daniel Pearl Foundation to sponsor concerts around the world.
It was such an honor for the Paros Chamber Choir to
be asked by the U.S. Embassy to perform here today to honor
Daniel Pearl and perform for Armenias media corps.
Said Paros Chamber Choir Musical Director Armen Alaverdyan.
Since 1993, the Paros Chamber Choir has dazzled audiences
throughout Armenia, the Middle East and Europe with their
repertoire of classic chamber music and ethnic folk music
by Armenian, Russian and Western composers. The Paros Chamber
Choir has blossomed into a beacon of hope for people with
disabilities in Armenia as most members of the Choir are individuals
with spinal cord injuries.
The Paros Chamber Choir takes its name from the Armenian
word for lighthouse. Indeed the choir is seen as a beacon
of hope and artistic excellence by fans around the world.
The Choir entertains worldwide audiences, participates in
international competitions and encourages people with disabilities
to live full and active lives. More information about the
Paros Chamber Choir and the Paros Foundation can be found
at www.paros.am or www.paros-foundation.org.
Photo Caption: Ambassador Rudolf Perena, Chargé dAffaires
of the United States Embassy in Armenia addressing guests
prior to thee Paros Chamber Choir performing at the Harmony
for Humanity Concert.