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EVENT- Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939), Jan. 17, Ann Arbor

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EVENT- Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939), Jan. 17, Ann Arbor

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Please save this date and time 7:30 pm
for a very special, unique Armenian Event, sponsored by
the Tekeyan Cultural Association, at The Armenian Congregational Church,
26210 West 12 Mile Rd. (at Franklin Road, near Northwestern Highway,
between Northwestern and Telegraph), Southfield, Michigan 48034-1772
Church T: 248.352.0680

Our Concert of Armenian music of
Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)
Performed by singers
Maro Partamian, mezzo-soprano and Rubik Mailian, lyric tenor
and pianist Armena Marderosian,
(wife of Grikor Suni's grandson U. Michigan Professor Ronald Grigor Suny)
with great granddaughters of the composer Grikor Mirzaian Suni
Violinist sisters Sevan Siranoush Suni, 25 and Anoush Tamar Suni, 20
Anoush Suni will also play oud

Armenian composer, musicologist, conductor, and teacher Grikor
Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939) is one of the founders of modern Armenian
music. Born east of Lake Sevan in Getabek village, he was raised in
the eastern reaches of Historic Armenia, in Shushi (now part of
Azerbaijan). Suni's music is beautiful, soulful, lively classical art
music based in Armenian folk music of his own collecting, and includes
vocal solos and duets, 4-part choral works, orchestral suites, and
instrumental pieces. His music is unique and at the same time
"Armenian", and like the music of Bach is polyphonic, contrapuntal,
and versatile, wonderful on any instruments. From a long line of
Armenian ashough singers, Mirzaian (Suni) worked with all the Armenian
masters of his time, and then at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of
Music, Mirzaian Suni studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. Suni
collected the songs of Armenians during his wide travels in the
Caucasus, Anatolia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran, and India. World war,
revolution, and the genocide of the Ottoman Armenians caused Suni to
flee to the US in 1923, where he conducted church choirs, created
Armenian folk choruses, soloists and orchestras, in New York, Boston,
Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia (where he settled in 1925), and
supported Armenia from afar. His son Gourgen (George) Suny picked up
his father's baton in 1939.

contact: See our website to
hear 4 hours of his music, see photos, read about him, see a 2 minute
video of old Armenian men from the Armenian city of Van dancing in New
York in 1946 "Dancing Vanetsi's", and more!
The Suni Project: Music Preservation is nonprofit 501(c)3 based in Ann
Arbor, MI

Please put this concert date onto your calendars: Thursday, January
17, 2008 at 7:30 pm.

A small admission charge benefits the Tekeyan Cultural Association:
$20, $10 for students. Audience youngest is age 12.

To go to Armenian Congregational Church from Ann Arbor: Take 23 North
to 14 East to 275 North to 696 East to Telegraph Rd = 24 North (OR
take 23 North to 14 East to 96 East to Telegraph Road = 24 North) to
exit Telegraph Rd = 24 at 12 Mile Rd, go LEFT on 12 Mile Rd, almost to
Northwestern Highway to the Armenian Congregational Church.. The
church is on your right at Franklin Rd. before a bank (north side of
12 Mile Road), set back from the road, parallel to the road, with no
visible outside cross: Armenian Congregational Church 26210 West
12Mile Rd, Southfield, MI.

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