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Armenian orchestra to perform benefit concerts in Tehran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia will be performing benefit concerts to raise funds for children suffering from cancer in Iran. The proceeds from ticket sales will go to Tehran's Mahak Society.

The orchestra will be conducted by Iranian-Armenian composer Loris Tjeknavorian and the concerts will be performed at the society's amphitheater from May 26 to June 2.

"The concerts will feature different performances over eight nights and Iranian and world classical pieces will be played during the event," Tjeknavorian said at a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

"Despite the large of number of professional virtuosos here, in my opinion Iran suffers from a lack of a cohesive chamber orchestra due to the unfavorable economic situation of musicians in this country," he lamented.

Iranian artists should help children suffering from cancer and promote music at the same time by performing at charity societies like Mahak, he said.

Funding for cultural events will encourage creative thought and produce innovative ideas, Tjeknavorian added.

The 22 musicians and seven soloists of the orchestra will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a Chopin piano concerto, compositions by Heshmat Sanjari, and a number of other pieces.

At the press conference, musician Hushang Kamkar said that some of the pieces to be performed are based on Kurdish music composed by Arsalan Kamkar.

A santur solo will be performed by Ardavan Kamkar and Ardeshir Kamkar will perform kamancheh solos during the concerts, the spokesman of the Kamkar ensemble added.

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About Mahak:

About two decades ago a mother who had experienced having a child with cancer and had witnessed first hand the difficulties faced by her child, pledged to set up a center that would act as a refuge for children and their families in a similar situation. With the assistance of the same friends and relatives who had helped her through her own ordeal, a board of trustees was selected and MAHAK Society to Support Children suffering from Cancer was set up as a non profit, non-governmental organization and was registered under number 6567 in 1991. MAHAK has been active from that day on in helping children with cancer and their families.


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  • MAHAK Hospital & Rehabilitation Complex, MAHAK St, Oushan, Lashgarak Road, Aqdasieh, Tehran, Iran. P.O Box: 19395-5445, To see the map click here
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    Tel: (+9821) 22025518, (+9821) 22037473, (+9821) 22037474

  • Tehran Villa Hostel:
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