The Assyrian Arts Institute will present the second annual Assyrian Women ensemble concert celebrating Christmas at Stan State.
The Joy of Christmas by Assyrian Women will be held at Stan State University at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 inside Snider Hall.
Assyrian Women is an ensemble of classically trained, Assyrian female vocalists, performing Christmas choral music with an “Assyrian flair,” said AAI founder and Executive Director Nora Betyousef Lacey.
“My passion is to mainstream Assyrian culture and arts to global audience,” said Lacey. “I am proud that AAI is bringing classically chorus trained Assyrian women from various parts of the world to Turlock.”
The ensemble will be under the direction of renowned choral conductor Charlene Archibeque. She has a doctorate in musical arts and has conducted and prepared over 150 major choral works with orchestras and performs music from all historical periods.
AAI’s mission is to nurture the Assyrian culture through exhibits, preservation and scholarships.
“AAI believes that the arts are one of humanity’s most profound means of understanding the world and its diverse cultures,” their website states. “Through the arts we find the universal language that permits empathy, appreciation, and unity. Therefore, AAI serves as an educational resource and provider of exhibitions and performances of Assyrian arts that reflect the highest standards of excellence to the broadest possible global audience.”
Tickets are now on sale for $35 general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at https://assyrianwomen12719.bpt.me/ or through Mary Sleeper at (650) 269-4886.