Boston Tekeyan Chapter Relaunches with Sold-out Concert


Rouben Hakhverdyan

BELMONT, Mass. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association Boston Chapter has recently been relaunched. The group, headed by Baydzig Kalaydjian, held its inaugural event, a concert by renowned Armenian troubadour, Rouben Hakhverdyan, at the hall of the Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church here on Saturday, June 22.

The program was sold out, with more than 150 requests for tickets had to go unanswered.

Hakhverdyan has a trademark style of gruff singing voice along with playing the guitar. His lyrics, capturing the day-to-day relationships, romance, frustrations and complications, have been popular since the independence of Armenia. He has often been compared to

On Saturday he was accompanied by Artyom Manukyan on bass and Gegam Margarian on keyboards.

Serving on the organizing committee along with Kalaydjian were Silva and Sarkis Antreasian, Maral and Vatche Der Torossian, Marina Margarian Kavlakian and Sossi Yoghurtdjian.

Thanking her committee members, Kalaydjian said, “The Tekeyan Boston Chapter is a success today because we had friends who believed in us and we didn’t have the heart to let them down…”

Plans are underway to bring him back to Boston in the fall.

From left, Vatche Der Torossian, Marina Margarian, Maral Der Torssian, Rouben Hakhverdyan, Baydzig Kalaydjian, Silva Antreassian and Sarkis Antreassian

The next Boston Tekeyan program will be a production of the play, “Beast on the Moon,” by Richard Kalinoski, in October.

The program, titled “Music of the People,” indeed lived up to its name, marking the return of the Boston Tekeyan Chapter to the city’s cultural life, stronger than ever, creating a new venue which can be and has been appreciated by the citizens of this state.

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