First published in the April 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
The annual commemoration of the Armenian genocide will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
For the first time in two years, the event will be held in person for the community to experience a contemporary perspective on the horrific events of 1915 through music and dance.
This year’s program will showcase the work of Komitas through dance and musical performances curated by the Lark Musical Society. Komitas was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer and choirmaster who is considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music.
His work ensured the preservation of Armenian culture through studying, recording and harmonizing the folk and dance songs sung by Armenian peasants working in the fields on the outskirts of cities.
Tickets to the event are free, but required for entry, with a limit of four tickets per transaction. Tickets can be reserved at itsmyseat.com/april24.
At a recent meeting, the City Council passed a proclamation recognizing April 2022 as Genocide Awareness Month and April 24, 2022, as the day of commemoration of the 107th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.