Farmington Hills resident shares an evening of Armenian music, culture

Press release

Enjoy an evening of Armenian music and culture with the Ara Topouzian Ensemble on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre, 32332 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

The concert will feature anecdotes, stories, and an array of classical and folk music that has been played in Armenian villages for hundreds of years. The Ara Topouzian Ensemble includes Mark Gavoor, Jerry Gerjekian, Michael Shimmin, and Farmington Hills resident Ara Topouzian.

Topouzian’s proficiency at the kanun, a 76-stringed Middle Eastern laptop harp, has brought him national recognition. In 2012, he earned a Kresge Performing Arts Fellowship, was voted the best local folk artist through “Vote4TheBest” sponsored by WDIV. In 2014, he was named Farmington Area Artist in Residence.

“As an Armenian, I want to educate outsiders about the history of the Armenian culture,” he said in a recent PBS documentary. “There’s history in these instruments and there’s history with this music.”

Tickets are now available at, by calling 248-473-1848 or at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile in Farmington Hills.


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