On 20 August, 2019, the Sourp Hagop Armenian Church of Montreal held an event featuring Armenian classical musicians titled, “Espace de rencontre avec Aznavour et l'Arménie,” or “A Meeting Place with Aznavour and Armenia,” with the participation of Quator Rhapsodie. The evening was organized by Concerts Ahuntsic en Fugue (CAF) and Hamazkayin.
At the opening of the event, the chairwoman of Hamazkayin, accepting a bouquet of flowers from CAF, thanked the organizing committee for their decision to dedicate two of their concerts this year to Armenian culture.
Those present, many non-Armenians among them, were awed by the music of Gomidas, Aram Khachaturian, Arno Babajanian, and Charles Aznavour. Before the event, guests had the opportunity to be introduced to all the organizations working inside Sourp Hagop. In Aharonian Hall, Rupen Ashkarian spoke on behalf of the ARF Gomideh, Ani Tashjian for the ARS, Rosemary Sahagian for Hamazkayin, Levon Arabian for the Homenetmen, Goriun Koyunian for Horizon Weekly, Shushan Piligian for the elders’ group. Using slides, they presented the goals and activities of their organizations. The guests then toured the offices in the building to see the “Little Armenia” up close.
A reception organized by the administration of the Armenian Centre followed the program.