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Although Şahan Arzruni played the straight man alongside Victor Borge in concert for several years, the Istanbul-born, New York-based musician has enjoyed an accomplished career in his own right as concert pianist, recording artist and musicologist. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the White House as well as on The Tonight Show and the BBC. His discography of over a dozen albums includes recordings of Chopin and Bartok. For his concert at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Arzruni will focus on music by fellow Armenian composers such as Aram Khachaturian, Alan Hovhannes, Gomidas Vartabed and others.

For all ages. General Admission. All tickets $25. Children 11 and under are free. Run time 90 minutes plus 15 minutes intermission.


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By David Luhrssen


Dawn MacKeen Book Dawn Anahid MacKeen grew up hearing stories of her grandfather’s survival. Like many Armenians, Stepan Miskjian was marched into the desert under the brutal prodding of Turkish police with little hope of staying alive. But he eventually made his way to the New World after being sheltered by an Arab Muslim sheikh, a tribal leader in Syria who saved other Armenians as well.

MacKeen’s grandfather left behind a memoir of his experience that became the inspiration for her own journey. In 2007 MacKeen, a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Smart Money and elsewhere, set forth for Turkey and Syria to retrace her ancestor’s steps. The book that resulted from her journey, The Hundred-Year Walk, is a well-documented and written account of the Genocide and her grandfather’s quest to live. The New York Post called The Hundred-Year Walk a “must read.”

For its 2017 Culture Month event, St. John the Baptist Armenian Church will present Dawn Anahid MacKeen, 1:15 p.m., Sept. 17 at St. John’s Culture Hall. A light luncheon will be served before her talk begins. Admission is Free. General public is welcome.

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Modern Impressions, Ancient Dances

Sardarabad Dance Ensemble

October 8, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

The Hamazkayin Sardarabad Dance Ensemble transforms the ancient traditions of Armenia into a 21st century multi-media spectacle of music, motion and light. Not unlike Lord of the Dance’s contemporary reinvention of Irish dance and culture, the Sardarabad Ensemble employs the timeless dance steps of an age-old folk culture to create an extraordinary experience for audiences.


Hamazkayin Sardarabad Ensemble

An ancient nation from the borders of Asia and Europe, the rhythms of Armenia first came to worldwide attention nearly a century ago through Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” which remains a staple of classical concert music.

For their first performance in the Milwaukee area, the Chicago-based Sardarabad Ensemble will be joined by members of Detroit’s Hamazkayin Arax Dance Group, forming a colorfully costumed ensemble of 85 performers. The Armenian Community of Greater Milwaukee is sponsoring the dance concert as its contribution to Armenian Culture Month, observed every October to honor the achievements of a civilization older than Rome and as ancient as Greece and Persia.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on October 8 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee. Tickets are $25. For tickets, call 414.766.5049 or visit

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By David Luhrssen 


Armenian music from the present and past will be live on stage in Milwaukee during the next several months. 

First up, a composition by Detroit’s Eve Beglarian, based on a traditional melody, will be performed as part of Present Music’s "Women in the Chamber" program. An internationally acclaimed ensemble from Milwaukee dedicated to exploring classical music from the 20th and 21st centuries, Present Music will perform Beglarian’s music as part of a concert of work by contemporary female composers. The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m., Jan. 9 at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave.; and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10 and 11 at Anodyne Coffee Roasters, 224 W. Bruce St. For tickets call (414) 271-0711 or go to 

Later this year, a nationally recognized touring group called East of the River will present a performance of centuries-old music in a program called "Levantera." Led by Jesse Kotansky on oud and violin, the concert promises to "travel east through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East." East of the River will perform at 5 p.m., March 15 at UWM’s Zelazo Center, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. For tickets call (414) 225-3113 or go to 

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Winter fest 2013

An evening of Dance, Fun and Fellowship.

St. Mesrob Armenian Church, 4605 Erie St. Racine, WI

 Admission Free.



St. John the Baptist Armenian Apostolic Church


7825 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220


Poon Paregentan (Mardi Gras) Dinner and Dance


Saturday, February 2, 2013, 7:00 pm


Dinner served: 8:00 pm


Entertainment by Karoon Band of Chicago


Donation: Advance ticket purchase $25.00 for adults ($30.00 at the door)


$10.00 for Children 8 to 12 years old


Includes dinner, Desert and Refreshments


(Advance tickets’ payments must be received by January 27, 2013)


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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian is a dynamic love tale seeped in historical fiction. The year is 1915 and Elizabeth Endicott has moved to Syria to aid refugees of the Armenian genocide. Once there, Elizabeth befriends Armen, a young widow, and amidst the trials of distance and war, the pair fall in love. Fast forward to the present day and to novelist Laura Petrosian, where Laura finds herself embarking on a journey of her own, back through her family’s history.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Double Bind,The Night Strangers, and Skeletons at the Feast. Bohjalian will appear at Books and Co. in Oconomowoc, 7 p.m., July 18.


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Martyrs’ Day Commemoration


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Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide
Facing History: Denial and the Turkish National Security Concept

Monday, April 23rd   4:00 pm …  Holton 241

Sponsored by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the Department of History, Ethnic Studies Program, InternationalStudies Program, Religious Studies Program, and Center for International Education

Professor Taner Akçam is the Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Department of History, Clark University. Born in Turkey, his research areas include political violence and torture in late Ottoman and early Republican Turkey and, most recently, Turkish nationalism and the Armenian Genocide.

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Mini Oriental Orthodox Church Teen Retreat

Saturday, October 29, 2011, beginning 4:30 pm

The joint Armenian and Coptic Church Retreat will be held at

St. Mary and Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church in Milwaukee

1521 West Drexel Ave
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154





Workshop for Choirs of Churches of Wisconsin

Saturday, November 12, 2011

2:00PM – 4:30 PM


St. Mesrob Armenian Church

4605 Erie Street, Racine, WI 53402





            The Knights and Daughters of Vartan of Avarayr Lodge of Chicago will hold a brunch at St. John’s Cultural Hall on Sunday, November 13, 2011, following Divine Liturgy.

            A portion of the proceeds will be shared between our Sunday School and Giving Tree project.

            To determine the amount of preparation, we kindly ask that you email us at

We look forward to seeing you then.

The Diocesan Council
of the Eastern Diocese

Cordially invites you to attend a special cocktail reception honoring His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, on the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Order of Priesthood and his 20th anniversary as the Primate of the Eastern Diocese.

The reception will take place in conjunction with 2011 Diocesan Annual Appeal.

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 5-7 PM


500 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL

RSVP by November 7, 2011

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church

Tel: 773.637.1711, or



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       Next year we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first Armenian printed book. In the year 1512 Hagop Meghabard became aware of the invention of printing by Gutenberg, and he went to Venice and helped create the first Armenian printed book, Ourpatakirk (The Book of Fridays), a collection of prayers. The Prelacy’s 2012 pocket diary is dedicated to this singular event.
        We call to your attention that in April 2012 the Library of Congress will open an exhibition in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the first printed Armenian book and the first printing press dedicated to the publication of works in the Armenian script. The exhibition will also celebrate the designation by UNESCO of Yerevan as the Book Capital of the World, 2012. Accompanying the exhibit will be a book on the Armenian literary tradition, an illustrated brochure for the exhibition, Gallery Talks, and Special Tours. Dr. Levon Avdoyan, the Armenian and Georgian area specialist at the Library of Congress since 1991, is the curator of the exhibit.

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