Armenia's World-Renowned KOHAR Symphony Orchestra and Choir Performs in First-Ever North American Tour This Fall

    KOHAR Tours the U.S. and Canada, Performing in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Montreal and New York's Carnegie

    LOS ANGELES, August 28 /CNW/ - KOHAR, an internationally acclaimed
symphony orchestra and choir based in Gyumri, Armenia, will grace the U.S. and
Canada for the first time in an eight-city North American tour, including Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Montreal and New
York. (Details listed below.)

    KOHAR is comprised of 150 performing artists, musicians, choral singers,
soloists, dancers, and a pantomime, fusing the sounds of Armenian culture and
heritage with classical music. KOHAR Symphony Orchestra & Choir is the only
symphony orchestra that integrates jazz music with traditional Armenian
instruments to generate classical sound.

    With audiences throughout the Near East and Europe and fans worldwide,
KOHAR Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Gyumri has performed in Beirut, Lebanon;
Nicosia, Cyprus; Istanbul, Turkey; and Moscow, Russia.

    KOHAR Symphony Orchestra & Choir's DVD was bestowed the Anoush
Achievement Award during the seventh annual Armenian Music Awards, held at the
Hollywood Palladium in California in May 2005. The award was presented to
KOHAR for its contribution to Armenian culture, which is exemplified in the
All Time Armenian Favourites DVD.

    Less than 20 years ago, on December 7, 1988, eighty percent of Gyumri lay
under rubble, as a devastating earthquake hit Armenia, nearly demolishing the
city of Gyumri and killing 10,000 inhabitants. The brothers Khatchadourian of
Lebanon -- Harout, Shahe, and Nar -- prompted by their hearts and able to give
generously, provided much-needed assistance to a city that still lacked
permanent housing and employment opportunities.

    The brothers did more than revive a shattered economy, they nurtured
talent and excellence as well, and in the process helped to revive a
downtrodden city's spirit, as they established the KOHAR Music School for
gifted children, founded in 1997, in honor of their parents Kohar and Aram,
and named after their mother. The school was built in an old factory where the
finest musicians were hired as instructors, using top-of-the-line instruments
and classrooms furnished with the most modern equipment. In only three years,
the school gave birth to a symphony orchestra and choir, under the artistic
direction of Maestro Sebouh Abkarian of Cyprus.


    Los Angeles                         San Francisco
    Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8:15  Friday, October 26, 2007 at 8:15
     PM                                  PM
    Gibson Amphitheatre Universal       Nob Hill Masonic Center
     CityWalk                           San Francisco, CA 94108
    Universal City, CA 91608
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    Detroit                             Chicago
    Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 8:15   Thursday, November 1, 2007 8:15 PM
     PM                                 Harris Theater
    Max M. Fisher Music Center          Chicago, Illinois 60601
    Detroit, Michigan 48201
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    Boston                              Toronto
    Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 8:15 Friday, November 16, 2007 8:15 PM
     PM                                 Toronto Centre for the Arts - Main
    Colonial Theatre                     Stage
    Boston, Massachusetts 02116         Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M2N 6R8
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    Montreal                            New York
    Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 8:00   Tuesday, November 20, 2007 8:15 PM
     PM                                 Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern
    Place des Arts - Salle Wilfrid-      Auditorium
     Pelletier                          New York, NY 10019
    Montreal, Quebec, CANADA H2X 1Y9
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    Tickets ($25 - $150) are on sale now at each venue box office, via
Ticketmaster and Groups of 100+ may be eligible for a 10%
discount, subject to availability. For details, visit or
call 323-469-7356.

For further information:

For further information: Be In The News Public Relations Emanuela
Cariolagian, 323-644-2111

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