Istanbul’s 40-person polyphonic Surp Lusavorich (“St. Illuminator”) Armenian Choir led by conductor Hagop Mamigonyan participated in a program dedicated to the memory of the Van, Turkey earthquake victims which aired on a Turkish TV channel on Thursday by performing the well-known Armenian litany “Der Voghormya” (“Lord have mercy”). Note, Surp Lusavoriç has been performing in Istanbul for 80 years.
Armenian musicians have been actively participating in the charitable events and campaigns to raise funds for victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey’s Van region on Oct. 23. Among this group is Istanbul-based rock musician of Armenian descent Hayko Cepkin, who opened the “Rock for Van” charity concert on Oct. 30.