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May 3 2022

Kennedy Center

7:30 p.m.

The Voice of the Orchid Charity Concert
A Taste of Azerbaijani Culture Benefits MLI's Humanitarian Work in Azerbaijan 

The Voice of Orchid Charity Concert, was hosted by The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC), in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States, benefited MLI's humanitarian work to remove landmines and save lives in Azerbaijan.

The event featured classic and contemporary music from the world-class Baku Chamber Orchestra, the concert brought Azerbaijani culture and tradition to Washington D.C. The 22 musicians' instruments and voices were amplified in the magnificent Terrace Theater at the world-renowned Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. All proceeds from the concert were donated to MLI for the sponsorship of mine detection dogs (MDDs) to "sniff out" landmines in Azerbaijan. 

The Voice of Orchid Charity Concert was held on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW.  Thank you to all those involved! It was a tremendously successful fundraising event.

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Photos from the event

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Abol Bahadori is an esteemed, award-winning Azerbaijani - American artist based in the D.C. area.  Finding inspiration from his multicultural upbringing in Iranian Azerbaijan, France, England, and the United States, Abol considers himself a "colorist," using color, space, and dimension to create feeling.  As a professional fabric designer, graphic designer, art director, and creative consultant, painting is both his passion and his livelihood. 

"For me making art is an attempt to expand or alter the vision and pass that on to the viewer to interpret."

~ Abol Bahadori 

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Abol has generously donated 10 one-of-a-kind art pieces to benefit MLI's humanitarian work in Azerbaijan.