DEC 10 / 6:00 PM

GARGATCH CHILDREN CHOIR OF HAMAZKAYIN

GARGATCH Children Chior of Hamazkayin was established in 1997 by maestro Zakar keshishian, its founding Artistic director and conductor.

GARGATCH Chior has performed annual concerts in Lebanon and held a series of concerts in Armenia (2001) and Cyprus (2007, 2009) for over 20.000 listeners. During the past 20 years, GARGATCH had more than 600 members performing scores of songs written and composed by talented poets and composers who have regularly enriched its repertoire with songs exclusively composed for the choir. The annual program includes multi-lingual ,classical and contemporary songs. GARGATCh is respected among the professional children’s choirs in Lebanon singing in four parts (Quatre voix).

In addition to annual concerts, GARGATCh has performed Christmas concerts organized by the Lebanese American University- LAU, American University Of Beirut – AUB (2008), and by the Friends of AL BUSTAN Festival (2009). In recent years, GARGATCh regularly participated in “Beirut Chants” Festival and Lebanese International Choral Festival with a program consisting of multi-lingual ,classical and contemporary repertoire . In 2014 The choir performed an especial concert by songs of renowned Lebanese composer Zaki Nassif, organized by Zaki Nassif program for music of AUB.

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Concert Program

Part One

GARGATCH (Rattling of Water)                                                            Youri Sahakian –  Armenuhi Karapetian

BEIRUT                                                                                                         Suren Muratian – Geghuni Tchetchian

TALJ – TALJ (Snow-snow)                                                                                                             Rahbani Brothers

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN                                                                   J. Fred Coots – Jay Althouse

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN                                         Traditional Spiritual, Arr.: Peter Skellern

KUM BA YAH                                                                     Afro – American Spiritual, Arr.: Ruth Elaine Schram

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT                                                                                       Franz Gruber, Arr.: Buryl

Part Two

«THE MISTERY OF CHRISTMAS»

Oratorio for Children

Composed on the occasinon of 10-th anniversary of BEIRUT CHANTS Festival

(World Premiere)

Composer : Armenuhi Karapetian

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Blessed Be God

Praise to You, Blessed Father

Good Tidings

Today We Celebrate

He Was Revealed to Us

Joy to the World

Christ Is Born and Revealed