The Suni Project: Music Preservation

Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)

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Suni chorus, Chicago 1930′s

Grikor Mirzaian Suni in Chicago 1930′s with his Suni Chorus with Orchestra. This photo a gift of Caren Meghreblian whose grandparents, survivors of the Ottoman Turkish WWI genocide of its Armenian subjects, settled in Chicago. They are in the chorus: Her grandmother Louise Kazian Messigian is in the 2nd row, third from left (with a fluffy collar). Her grandfather Messia Messigian is in the shadow above and to her left. Caren Meghreblian’s mother, Dorothy Messigian Meghreblian, then age five, now recalls sitting on Suni’s lap after a concert and singing for Suni his harvest song “Hoontz”. We would like to learn more about this.

Photo with Grikor Suni in the midst of his Chicago Suni chorus with orchestra, 1930′s. Anyone with more information about this or other Suni concerts, please contact us

Photos from the archive of Gourgen (George) Suny and Arax (Kesdekian) Suny. 2006 Broomall, Pennsylvania



Photos from the book: “Grikor M. Suni: Musician and Man”