ACEC Revives Courtyard Series with Special Performance by musAner

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC), in collaboration with Hamazkayin-Boston, has launched a revival of its outdoor summer courtyard series.

“The summer evenings in the courtyard can serve multiple purposes at ones,” said the center’s current chairman, George Bashirians. “It serves as a meeting ground, allowing members of the community to meet people in an enjoyable, outdoor setting, while revitalizing the center’s dedication to cultural events. We look forward to seeing new faces, along with members of the community who have been attending events at the center regularly.”

On Fri., Aug. 9, at 9 p.m., the critically acclaimed Armenian jazz band musAner will perform in the ACEC’s courtyard. Founded in 2007 by composer and pianist Ara Sarkissian, musAner blends jazz orchestration and Armenian folk music, and has presented widely to both jazz circles and general audiences. The group’s cross-genre repertoire has been heard regularly at some of the most prestigious venues in Boston, and featured on radio programs in the U.S., Italy, France, Lebanon, and Armenia. New York Music Daily called “Once Upon A Time,” their latest recording, “one of the most picturesque, intensely vivid albums of the year.”

“It is exciting for us to appear at the ACEC,” said Sarkissian. “Our regular performances in Boston are at venues such as the Regattabar in Cambridge and the Beehive in Boston. But to appear in this wonderful outdoor setting for our community is a special event for us, and we look forward to working with the center as well as meeting new faces at the performance.”

The ACEC is located at 47 Nichols Ave. in Watertown. Admission is $25 and includes complimentary wine and cheese during the performance, as well as a complimentary copy of “Once Upon A Time.” For reservations or for more information, call (617) 775-4633.

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  1. so happy to see this sort of event at the acec; it seems basketball and bingo have replaced “cultural and educational” sometimes, but it’s reassuring to see good quality has a place too. i’ll be there with bells on.

  2. Transient memory.

    If a fine
    leaf appears
    in the heart
    of the country
    I can see, near
    a glimmer, a
    delicate white

    Francesco Sinibaldi

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