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PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, November 30, 2006

AGBU Sponsors the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra's Autumn Tour of
Central Europe

The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) embarked on a four-city
concert tour of Central Europe from September 27 to October 6,
2006. The 110-member orchestra was invited to showcase its talent in
music festivals held in Nuremberg, Germany, Bratislava, Slovakia and
the Czech Republic's two largest cities, Prague and Brno.

While on tour, APO performed alongside some of Europe's most talented
classical musicians, demonstrating its status as an orchestra of the
highest caliber receiving invitations to perform at the most prominent
music festivals and concert halls in Central Europe.

As the leading symphony of Armenia for the past eighty years, APO
presents weekly concerts in Yerevan's renowned Aram Khachaturian
Concert Hall. The performance venue of 1,300 is a cultural landmark
and architectural gem in the center of the Armenian capital city.

The Orchestra's musicians are drawn from the top graduates of
Yerevan's Komitas Conservatory and Russia's leading conservatories in
Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since 1990, the Armenian Philharmonic has
produced and released a long list of CD recordings and hosted leading
international figures, including Italian baritone Renato Bruson,
American maestro Alexander Treger and Canadian soprano Isabel
Bayrakdarian.

Headlining APO's upcoming schedule of events is a six-city tour of
France in February 2007. The tour will be sponsored by AGBU as part of
the organization's Centennial celebrations and France's Year of
Armenia festivities.

APO has been primarily subsidized by AGBU since 1992 in recognition of
the importance of the performing arts in Armenia. Annual grants are
allocated for weekly concerts, new instruments, administration, salary
supplements, international guest artists and special festivals. APO
has successfully toured Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece,
Iran, Lebanon, Russia, Turkey, UAE and the United States, and has
produced dozens of CD recordings. For more information on APO, please
visit www.apo.am.

For more information on AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit
www.agbu.org.