Feb 052016

John Bilezikjian tribute 2-18-2016For fifty years, audiences have enjoyed his music, in recordings, film scores, classical concerts, and personal appearances. His lifelong passion and dedication to music has entertained and inspired thousands. We invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of John Bilezikjian. Join us as we pay tribute to our dear friend  and  “America’s Oud Virtuoso”. The tribute to John Bilezikjian will be held February 18th at Tango Del Rey in San Diego.

The tribute bellydance showcase is being organized by friends. Featured belly dancers are Julia, Jessenia, Talia, Melanimah, Eliza & Christina, and Sabrina. Live music will be performed by the Middle-Earth Ensemble with special guests.

Portion of proceeds and donations will go to the John Bilezikjian Foundation. The John Bilezikjian Foundation was created to honor the lifetime achievements of John Bilezikjian in music and education, and to support those striving to continue his legacy.

tango del reyTango Del Rey is located at 3567 Del Rey St., San Diego. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $10.

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Mar 222015

Thank you from the Bilezikjian family

Dear Friends and Family,

The Bilezikjian family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness and support shown to us during the hours of our bereavement. May God Bless and Keep You!

It was John’s wish that his funeral reflect his deep commitment of his faith to God and Jesus Christ. As you know his parents & family were devote believers in family and the Armenian Traditions. So much so, that John and I decided that I should be baptized at St. James Armenian Church—it was a private ceremony with John as my Godfather.

I wish to thank all of you for your cards, letters, gifts, phone calls and donations. I was personally overwhelmed by the outpouring of people present at the Funeral Mass and also at the Hokehankist (40th day of passing).

John particularly wanted to have a dinner to honor his parents for the tenth year of their passing, but due to illness and limited funds we were unable to do it until now.

There is no way I could adequately show you my appreciation for everything you’ve done.

With love and sincere gratitude,

Helen Bilezikjian

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Mar 012015

In Remembrance of John Bilezikjian and in Loving Memory of Alice Bilezikjian Andrew Bilezikjian Joseph (Joey) Whynaught Hokehankist Requiem Service March 15, 2015, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. St. James Armenian Apostolic Church 4950 W. Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90056 323-295-4588 Hokejast following Mass Memorial Luncheon Please bring your favorite dish. Drinks and desert provided. […]

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Jan 202015

We are sad to announce the passing of John Bilezikjian on Monday, January 19th, 2015. Public Viewing Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 pm McCormick & Sons Mortuary 25000 Moulton Parkway Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Phone 949-768-0933 Funeral Service Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:00 am St. James Armenian Apostolic Church 4950 W. Slauson Avenue Los Angeles, CA […]

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Jul 132014

Dear Friends, Now in existence for only 3 years, The John Bilezikjian Foundation continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many projects that we are offering this year and experience firsthand the pride we […]

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Sep 302013

As you know, John has been diagnosed with kidney failure. For three years he has been playing and performing with a hemosplit catheter in his upper chest. Because of it’s proximity to his main artery, heart, and lung it exposes these vital organs to possible infection. Because John is not considered a candidate for a […]

 Posted by on September 30, 2013
Feb 022012

TARZANA, CA – World renowned oudist John Bilezikjian and his wife, singer Helen Bilezikjian, treated the Providence Tarzana Medical Staff at the Tarzana Hospital for the Medical Education with a festive musical program. The lyrical celebration was the brainchild of Dr. Avrum Bluming. Dr. Bluming had heard John perform at Theodore Bikel’s home and was […]

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Sep 292011

Dear Friends, On behalf of the The Friends of John Bilezikjian thank you very much for donations, letters of support and prayers. Our first function, “The Magic of John Bilezikjian” concert for 2011 was a great success. Your participation made a dramatic difference in the success of the concert and its subsequent video and recording. This […]

 Posted by on September 29, 2011
Aug 192011

1963. Four boys stepped on the Milliken Junior High School stage in Van Nuys, California and took their positions, shyly grinning at their friends scattered about the auditorium. John Bilezikjian, set his strange looking instrument firmly on his lap, nodded at his buddies, and the music began. 2011. The music continues It began as the […]

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