By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen KOHAR, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra and choir that fuses the sounds of Armenian culture and heritage with...

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

KOHAR, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra and choir that fuses the sounds of Armenian culture and heritage with classical music, is on the road for eight North American concerts. KOHAR Symphony Orchestra & Choir is the only symphony orchestra that integrates symphonic-jazz music with traditional Armenian instruments to generate Armenian folkloric music in a modern rendition.

Comprised of 150 performing artists, musicians, choral singers, soloists, dancers and a pantomime, they hail from Gyumri, Armenia. They also will perform some of the most favored Armenian patriotic and popular songs. They have performed in Beirut, Lebanon; Nicosia, Cyprus; Istanbul, Turkey and Russia.

KOHAR tour dates:
Oct. 18 Gibson Amphitheatre Universal CityWalk; Universal City, CA
Oct. 26 Nob Hill Masonic Center; San Francisco, CA
Oct. 30 Max M. Fisher Music Center; Detroit, MI
Nov. 1 Harris Theater; Chicago, IL
Nov. 10 Colonial Theatre; Boston, MA
Nov. 16 Toronto Centre for the Arts – Main Stage; Toronto, ONT
Nov. 18 Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier; Montreal, QUE
Nov. 20 Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium; New York, NY