PAROS CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMS AT THE VANDAZOR MUSEUM OF
Vanadzor, ArmeniaOn Tuesday, October 16, 2007 the
people of Vanadzor were treated to a concert by the Yerevan
based Paros Chamber Choir, which performed at the Vanadzor
Museum of Fine Arts. The concert was organized and sponsored
by the Paros Foundation.
The concert, entitled Autum Songs, attracted
more than 250 guests to the second floor exhibition hall of
the museum. This location was ideal both esthetically and
acoustically. Sitting amidst an impressive sampling of the
Museums collection of paintings, the audience was treated
to musical selections from well known composers including
Komitas, T. Altunian, A. Ter-Ghevorkian and C. Kara-Murza.
The Vanadzor Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1974
and is one of the most prominent cultural centers in the Lori
Region. The museum houses more than 1,700 works of art including
paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and decorative arts.
The museum is dedicated to excellence in art by increasing
the knowledge and appreciation of art through its collection,
exhibition and education for diverse audiences.
It was quite exciting to listen to such beautiful music
surrounded by the impressive artwork of the Vandazor Museum
of Fine Arts, said Roger Strauch, Chairman of the Paros
Foundation. I am delighted that we were able to bring
these two organizations together to produce the event for
Since 1993, the Paros Chamber Choir has dazzled audiences
throughout Armenia, the Middle East and Europe with its repertoire
of classical 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 and are wheel chair bound. The mission
of the choir is to strive for musical excellence, while at
the same time raising awareness of the conditions of the disabled
in Armenia and beyond. 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 http://www.paros.am.
The Paros Foundation is a Berkeley, California based foundation
and was formed in 2006 to support non-governmental organizations
in the Republic of Armenia. Since its inception, it has identified
and supports several organizations including the Paros Chamber
Choir, the UNISON NGO-Supporting People with Special Needs,
Manana Youth Center and the Vanadzor Museum of Fine Arts.
The Foundation was founded by the Strauch Kulhanjian family
and takes a special interest in organizations that nurture
and harness Armenian artistic talent. The Paros Foundation
hopes to serve as a beacon for people and institutions who
seek guidance towards exemplary innovative NGOs in Armenia.
More information about the Paros Foundation can be found at
or by contacting Peter Abajian, Executive Director at (310)
400-9061 (in the US) or (093) 99-80-99 (in Armenia).