Glendale News Press, CA
Jan 2 2008

Celebrating beginnings and anniversaries


The Armenian National Treasures Foundation did itself proud on
Thursday with its debut `Armenian Holiday Concert' at Glendale
Presbyterian Church.

It was standing room only as more than 1,000 music lovers overflowed
the poinsettia-filled sanctuary to listen to the Cilcia Symphonic
Orchestra, conducted by Mikael Avetisyan. The orchestra played
traditional holiday scores that have been part of Armenian heritage
for more than 100 years. Contemporary works by Armenian composers
were also featured.

Concert soloist Anahit Nercesyan sung `Yerevan,' by Artemi Aivezian,
founder of the first Armenian jazz orchestra in the 1930s, according
to Bianca Manoukian, co-founder/chairperson of the foundation.

Glendale residents who were part of the sold-out crown included:
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Chairwoman of the Armenian Fund Maria
Mehranian, Onnik and Kristine Keshian, Atineh Haroutunian, Romina
Derbedrossian, and Ani Hovagimian with her mother Mary Demirjian,
visiting for the holidays from Las Vegas.

Religious leaders present included: Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian,
Father Muron Aznikian and the Rev. Barthev Gulumian. All represent
the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.

The Armenian National Treasures Foundation was established in the
summer of 2007, `to help ensure that future generations will have
[the] opportunity to experience our past and understand our identity
as a community and as a nation '