Help CIANA's Immigrant Students on May 23 at a Special Benefit Concert

Concert to benefit immigrant students in CIANA's ESL, Civics Programs. Photo: Karen Smul

Join CIANA on May 23, 2019 at 7 pm for a benefit concert at The National Opera Center. CIANA's very own board member, Vivien Schweitzer, a notable

pianist and author, as well as rising Armenian-American soprano, Anush Avetisyan, will be performing a one-hour program by composers including Mozart, Dvorak, Puccini, Ives, Komitas and Florence Price. The concert will raise money for CIANA's civics and ESL programs for adults.

Schweitzer has been a CIANA board member since 2018 and a volunteer ESL and civics teacher since 2015. Avetisyan is the founder of the recital series, Image of an Immigrant, and a 2018-19 fellow of Turn the Spotlight, a nonprofit whose mission includes “supporting artists who are using their talents and skills to strengthen their communities and pursue social justice.

Armenian-American Soprano Anush Avetisyan is a a gifted singer and interpreter beyond her years.” (German World Magazine).

Avetisyan, a first-generation immigrant, knows the difficulty of finding one's way in the United States.

“I think there is both a great beauty and great difficulty in finding your way in a new country," she says. "I wish my family had known about an organization like CIANA, whose impact is powerful in their community and helps with this transition. I am happy to lend my voice to lift up their mission.”

CIANA's mission is why Schweitzer has been involved as long as she has, with its "friendly and non-judgemental environment."