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By Joyce Rudolph | January 7, 2009
Vahagn Turgutyan is following in his father’s footsteps playing flamenco guitar, but he has a style all his own. Turgutyan blends the traditional sounds with Armenian music. “What I do is extract certain nuances and melodic fragments from Armenian music and blend it with Flamenco styles and rhythms,” he said. “Flamenco music has a lot of influences — Moorish, Indian, etc. — I feel that Armenian music complements flamenco when it is done with the proper accuracy.
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By Erica Liu | July 25, 2007
"Spirit of Armenia!," a night of dance and music focusing on Armenian culture, will take place on Sunday as part of the KCRW World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert will feature 15 performing acts presenting everything from more traditional Armenian music to modern Armenian pop tunes and performances by Armenian vocalists and dance ensembles, said Stepan Partamian, who is producing the event in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. This concert is the first of its kind in both ambition and scope, Partamian said.
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By Rachel Kane | September 20, 2006
Armenian art, music, food, faith and culture was explored by people from Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and beyond on Sunday. In the parking lot of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, the first "Festival of Faith and Culture" took place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Live performances featured Armenian singers, musicians and a few comedians. The event also brought out bounce houses for children and art displays for aficionados. The festivities were all about the Armenian culture and Christian faith, said Shoghig Giragosian, chairwoman of the festival committee.
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February 28, 2004
Jackson Bell When library officials first asked Tamar Krekorian if she would spearhead a book drive to increase the library's collection of Armenian books, she jumped at the chance. The drive, launched Feb. 9, was conceived by Library Services Director Sharon Cohen as a way to increase international readership at each of the city's three libraries while offsetting past and potential budget cuts. "The books will not only add to the library collection but also help promote culture, cultural understanding and awareness in the community," said Krekorian, chairwoman of Books for Burbank Committee and wife of Burbank Unified School District board member Paul Krekorian.
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December 7, 2002
Alison Sanders, a junior at La Canada High School and the daughter of Dr. Steven and Robin Sanders of La Canada Flintridge, received high honors in biology and chemistry on the Golden State Examinations given throughout the state. High honors recipients of biology are those who placed in the top 3% of all students taking the examinations while chemistry recipients are those who place in the top 7%. Glendale resident Taline, an Armenian children's music singer, has released her new CD "Ourakh Or" (Joyful Day)
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By By Rosette Gonzales | December 7, 2005
Tuba ChristmasThere are few better ways to let the neighborhood know the holiday season is here than to sound off with 200 tubas. Merry Tuba Christmas will resonate at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Alex Theatre, reuniting professional, amateur, young and old, but most of all, jovial tuba players for its 30th year. "Tuba players are generally a friendly lot," said Scott Wilkinson of Burbank, who has participated in the event for 20 years. "Many people think of them as jolly, so that's very appropriate for Christmas."
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By Vince Lovato | June 9, 2006
One of Glendale Unified School District's three National Merit Scholarship Finalists speaks English as a third language. One is a homecoming princess and a drama queen. The third competes on the tennis court and in academic quizzes. Mkrtich Ohanyan of Clark Magnet High School, Polet Bagatourian of Crescenta Valley High School and Andrew Bagwell of Hoover High School all seniors, all received the honor making them eligible for $1,000 scholarships. Only about 15,000 students of the 1.3 million who apply for the scholarship program are named finalists by the nonprofit Illinois-based National Merit Scholarship Corp.
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By Anahid Yahjian | December 6, 2008
With the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s devastating earthquake approaching, Glendale resident Vehanush Chilgevorkyan turned to the Internet for answers about what happened to her homeland. What she found was beyond her imagination: a photo of her father, Arsen Chilgevorkyan, helping with the relief effort. Vehanush Chilgevorkyan has no recollection of living through the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck at 11:41 a.m. Dec. 7, 1988, in the Lori region of Soviet Armenia, destroying the city of Spitak and severely damaging the city of Gyumri, where she lived with her family.
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March 18, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend Special effects are not limited to the movies, guests will find at Descanso Gardens during the five-week "Tulip Mania," a celebration of spring color. Activities for the whole family are offered, and culminate with brunch and egg hunt on Easter Sunday, April 22. Display gardener Dan Sullivan says a new display greets visitors as they enter the gardens this year. The center circle has been filled with multicolored flowers like tulips, daffodills and others, but a ribbon of blue pansies now winds along through them, like a stream and ends at a real pond.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 6, 2007
Children's entertainer Taline is combining a love for her Armenian culture with her love of music. The Glendale resident travels around the world with her show, which features singing and dancing to traditional Armenian songs as well as those she and others have written and her husband has arranged. Her Christmas tour show will make its fourth annual stop on Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Taline came to the United States at 15. She earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Cal State Northridge and worked as a pre-school teacher for several years before starting her career as an Armenian children's-music singer.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 7, 2009
Vahagn Turgutyan is following in his father’s footsteps playing flamenco guitar, but he has a style all his own. Turgutyan blends the traditional sounds with Armenian music. “What I do is extract certain nuances and melodic fragments from Armenian music and blend it with Flamenco styles and rhythms,” he said. “Flamenco music has a lot of influences — Moorish, Indian, etc. — I feel that Armenian music complements flamenco when it is done with the proper accuracy.
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By Erica Liu | July 25, 2007
"Spirit of Armenia!," a night of dance and music focusing on Armenian culture, will take place on Sunday as part of the KCRW World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert will feature 15 performing acts presenting everything from more traditional Armenian music to modern Armenian pop tunes and performances by Armenian vocalists and dance ensembles, said Stepan Partamian, who is producing the event in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. This concert is the first of its kind in both ambition and scope, Partamian said.
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