Armenian Genocide Centenary commemorative concerts

Serj Tankian at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan

What is the Armenian Genocide?

In April 1915 the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. The Armenian population of the Ottoman state was reported at about two million in 1915. An estimated one and a half million had perished by 1918, while hundreds of thousands had become homeless and stateless refugees. By 1923 virtually the entire Armenian population of Anatolian Turkey had disappeared.

This year marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and musicians from around the world will be commemorating this important anniversary through their music and art.

07 - 23 April 2015

System of a Down will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with their #WakeUpTheSouls Tour, commencing on April 10 and concluding with their first-ever performance in Armenia on 23 April with a free show in Yerevan’s Republic Square.

“As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia,” says lead vocalist Serj Tankian. “To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honour.” 

17 April 2015
Opperman Music Hall, Florida, Danny Bedrosian, together with some of the most notable musicians of Florida, will be performing with a special ensemble handpicked to play an incredible set of Armenian music from 1400 B.C. through to the modern day, chronicling over 3,400 years of music, in commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

21 April 2015
Armenian Genocide: 100 years of remembrance, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Lead by Alain Altinoglu, the Armenian World Orchestra, formed by Armenian musicians from all over the world, together with Michel Petrossian, a young composer, the winner of the Reine Elisabeth Grand Prix 2012, will perform Komitas, Aram Khatchatourian, Lermontov and Mozart.

21 April 2015
A special free concert will be given on Tuesday, April 21 at 5pm at San Francisco's Union Square. The performance features MTV Music Video Award-winner and Grammy nominee Sebu of Capital Cities, Anna and Anaïs Duo (Anna Garano and Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian) and visual artist Kevork Mourad, who will paint the concert in real time as it happens.

22 April 2015
In Memoriam, a concert organised by Anadolu Kültür and Kalan Müzik will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. Performers include Kardeş Türküler, Ertan Tekin, Hasmik Harutyunyan, Karine Hovhannisyan, Erkan Oğur, Ara Dinkjian, Onnik Dinkjian, Haig Yazdjian, Şahan Arzruni, Erman İmayhan, Eileen Khatchadourian, Henning Schmiedt, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Gaguik Mouradian, David Mayoral and Jordi Savall. 

24 April 2015
Silence the Lies! Rock the Truth! VII, Troubadour, LA. Silence the Lies! rock the Truth! is a social justice concert dedicated to raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide. For the past 6 years, socially conscious artists in the Los Angeles area have come together to work with the community through music, activism and commemoration.

26 April 2015
Witness and Rebirth: An Armenian Journey - The Fresno Philharmonic pays tribute to the resiliency of the Armenian people and their culture, featuring the world-premiere of Serouj Kradjian‘s Cantata for Living Martyrs. The Philharmonic will be joined by world renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and violinist Catherine Manoukian.

03 May 2015
Sergey Khachatryan and Anush Hovhannisyan will present their Music for Armenia at the Royal Festival Hall in London to mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

26 May 2015
“With you, Armenia”
, a concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place on Tuesday, May 26 in Carnegie Hall in New York.

21 July 2015
With You, Armenia, a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place at Cadogan Hall, London. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest, violinist Diana Adamyan will open the night with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture.