The concert hall of the Stepanakert Youth Palace hosted a charity concert by the Karabakh Chamber Orchestra (KCO) on October 29. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the construction of the Sourp Astvatsatsin Church currently underway in Stepanakert. The concert was attended by NKR National Assembly Speaker Ashot Ghulyan, NKR Culture Minister Narine Aghabalian, NKR Education Minister Slava Asryan, other officials, artists and guests. The concert program was comprised of pieces by I. Albeniz, A. Piazzolla, A. Villoldo, D. Atash, V. Koulikov, O. Strok, A. Ayvazian, A. Babadjanian, and KCO Director S. Sargsyan. The construction of the Sourp Astvatsatsin Church started some time ago, but was temporarily halted due to a shortage of funds. The Karabakh Chamber Orchestra expressed its readiness to bring its humble contribution to the construction of the church. The Karabakh Chamber Orchestra was established in 2004 through the initiative of the NKR Government and the funding of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Twelve musicians from Armenia, together with Maestro Gevork Muradyan settled in Stepanakert to launch the orchestra. Initially, there were only six local musicians in the orchestra, but over time this has changed. Today, 17 local musicians perform in the XX-person orchestra. The orchestra has played an undeniably important role in the cultural development of Karabakh by performing monthly concerts in Stepanakert, bringing classical music to thousands of music lovers in the country. In partnership with the Sayat Nova Music School of Stepanakert and the Daniel Ghazaryan Music School of Shushi, KCO is preparing a new generation of musicians to carry on the orchestra in the future. The orchestra has hosted well-known Armenian soloists on the Artsakh stage. As one of the best orchestras in the region, KCO often receives invitations to perform abroad. Between July 1-10, 2012, KCO performed in Bergen, Norway to participate in the 150th anniversary celebrations of Fridtjoff Nansen. On April 22, 2013, at the initiative of Aram Khachaturian Foundation Director Gagik Gabrielian, the 16-member KCO performed at the Central House of Literature in Moscow. The concert was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Gulistan Treaty, WWII Victory Day and the reopening of the restored Shushi Gallery. Both tours were supported by AGBU.