Benefit Concert for Syrian Armenians Planned in Boston


LEXINGTON, Mass. — In response to the plight and predicament of the Syrian Armenian communities, the Greater Boston Armenian Community has organized a benefit concert to provide much needed humanitarian assistance.

Titled “The Benefit Concert for the Syrian Armenian’s Relief Fund,” and featuring many renowned artists and local cultural organizations, the event will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum of, 33 Marrett Road.

Tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan and his wife, mezzo-soprano Victoria Avetisyan, will perform, joining soprano Knarik Nerkararyan, violinist Levon Chilingirian and pianists Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian and Zaven Parsamian. Hamazkayin’s Erebouni Dance Ensemble, Sayat Nova Dance Company, Abaka School of Music’s dance group, Zangakner Performing Arts Ensemble, as well as the Arev Armenian Ensemble will also perform.

All proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund.

Tickets for this special event are $75 and $35. Seating is limited and early reservation is strongly recommended by writing to [email protected].

The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund is a national initiative with the mission to provide immediate assistance to the Syrian Armenians. According to the United Nations, more than 4 million people inside Syria are in desperate need of aid.  Some 2.5 million have been displaced by the civil war but remain in Syria while 70,000 have lost their lives. About 850,000 are believed to have fled the country, including an estimated 15,000 Armenians. Armenian communities and businesses have been severely affected: churches and more than 150 private residences have experienced either direct or indirect damage during the fighting.

More information about SARF’s mission can be found at www.SyrianArmenianReliefFund.org.