This year, AGBU Chicago has undertaken a strong program of cultural programs for the local Armenian Armenian community that is sure to rekindled local interest in all things Armenians.
Some highlights from the past month:
- February 22: co-promoted the spectacular performance of the world renowned Shoghaken Ensemble, which presented a delightful evening of traditional Armenian folk music at the Old Town School of Folk Music;
- March 13: an appearance at the Italian Cultural Institute with Italian author Antonia Arslan, who read from the Armenian Genocide novel, “Skylark Farm,” which has been translated to English and made into a movie by Italy’s well-known Taviani brothers; and
- March 17: the Tekeyan Cultural Assn. welcomed Turkish author Kemal Yalcin back to the AGBU Chicago Center in collaboration with a host of other Armenian organizations and churches, in celebration of the release of the English edition of his book, You Rejoice My Heart, which was produced by Tekeyan.
Some great upcoming events:
- April 12: a youth dance group will be starting at the AGBU Chicago Center under the direction of Karnig Kerkonian, director of Chicago’s Sardarabad dance ensemble. All
area youth age 8 or older are invited to participate;
- April 13: literary reading with noted poet-author David Kherdian and his wife, illustrator Nonny Hogrogian. Kherdian recently release an anthology of first-generation Armenian American authors entitled Forgotten Bread. Hogrogian has won two prestigious Caldecott medals for her whimsical illustrations of Armenian fables and children’s stories;
- also April 13: North Park University band performs Reedy’s “Armenian Dances” (originally commissioned by AGBU);
- May 3: Sona Zeitlian talks about her book “Armenians of Egypt” at the AGBU Chicago Center; and
- May 24: PAREV Armenian Theater: Toronto’s Pokr Pem theatrical troupe returns to Chicago for an evening of Armenian language theater. The event is sponsored by Parev, Chicagoland’s monthly Armenian newspaper. The performance will take place at the AGBU Onnig Norehad Center.
For more information, email AGBU Chicago or call the AGBU Onnig Norehad Center at 773-792-0344.