Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit, humanitarian organization sponsored by the Philadelphia Church of God and headquartered on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The two-pronged concept behind all of the foundation’s goals and activities is: 1) that man is a unique being, possessing vast mental, physical and spiritual potentials—the development of which should be aided and encouraged, and 2) that it is the responsibility of all men to attend to and care for the needs of their fellow men, a precept professed by the vast majority of religions of the world—appropriately summed up in three biblical words: “Love thy neighbor.”

The foundation has sponsored several activities in Jerusalem. In 2006, the foundation began supplying volunteers and aid to Dr. Eilat Mazar’s ground-breaking excavation of King David’s palace in Jerusalem. It has also helped refurbish Liberty Bell Park in the heart of the city, a project Herbert W. Armstrong had started.

The foundation began in 1996 as the Philadelphia Foundation. Early that year, it took over a project the defunct Ambassador International Cultural Foundation had left behind: collaboration with the Al-Hussein Society in Amman, Jordan. The organization sent volunteers—all pcg members—to work with physically and mentally handicapped Jordanian children and to revive the cultural tradition of Herbert W. Armstrong. The foundation also lent support to the Petra National Trust.

The foundation began sponsoring a small concert series in 1998. Since then, the series has grown significantly, attracting tens of thousands of guests to the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus. Featured artists include the likes of the Vienna Choir Boys, the Eroica Trio, the Canadian Brass, the Romeros Guitar Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic Winds, Peter Schickele, Jubilant Sykes, the King’s Singers and other world-renowned performers.

To make its connection to the college more evident, the foundation changed its name in 2006 to Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.

The foundation’s concert series is patterned after the famed Ambassador International Cultural Foundation’s series, hosted at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Under Herbert Armstrong, the auditorium, known as the “Carnegie Hall of the West Coast,” welcomed greats such as Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Horowitz, Joan Sutherland, the Vienna Philharmonic and other musical legends. Beyond Pasadena, the foundation stretched from Bombay to Brussels, Tokyo to Cairo, Jerusalem to London, Nepal to Okinawa, and the Netherlands to the Philippines.

When Herbert Armstrong’s successors axed the foundation after his death, the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation picked up the fallen baton. Though it began in the smallest of ways, the foundation continues to grow.

In 2004, the foundation obtained some of the treasures that were considered the crown jewels of the Ambassador Auditorium: a 9-foot Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano and two Baccarat crystal candelabra. To house these artifacts and provide a spectacular concert venue for central Oklahoma, the foundation completed construction on Armstrong Auditorium in September 2010.

Find more about the foundation and Armstrong Auditorium by visiting its official website: armstrongauditorium.org.

Articles about the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

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Journalist Melanie Phillips Discusses ‘A World in Turmoil’ at Armstrong Auditorium
British journalist speaks to hundreds about Arab-Israel impasse.
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Jerusalem Quartet and Diplomat Eitan Levon Visit Armstrong Auditorium
Israel theme includes forum, reception and concert.
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Israeli Consul General Eitan Levon Addresses Students, Faculty
Consul General of Israel to the Southwest U.S. focuses on Israeli security situation.
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The Five Irish Tenors Harmonize at Armstrong Auditorium
Armstrong guests hear the ‘Voices of Ireland.’
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Russian National Ballet Theatre Brings a Double Dose of Don Quixote to Armstrong Auditorium
Ballet company performs Spanish-themed ballet two nights in a row
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Widow’s Might Brings Book of Ruth to Life
Musical based on biblical heroine premieres at Armstrong Auditorium.
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Wu Man, Shanghai String Quartet Introduce Armstrong Auditorium to the Pipa
Oklahomans experience “A Night in Ancient and New China.”
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Turtle Island Quartet Brings Coltrane to Armstrong Auditorium
Quintessential chamber jazz group plays for hundreds.
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‘Voice Meets Cello’ at Armstrong Auditorium
Oklahoma artists team up for foundation concert series.
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World-Famous StepCrew Conducts Video Shoot at Armstrong Auditorium
Canadian dance troupe rehearses, records for three days before Armstrong show
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Foundation Representatives Attend Oklahoma Conference on Tourism
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Shane Granger and Edwin Trebels connect with other professionals.
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Foundation Staff Attends Turkish Dialogue Institute Awards
Event promotes understanding and cooperation among cultures
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Foundation Representative Speaks at OKC Social Event
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Edwin Trebels delivers presentation on igniting change.
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Representative Introduces Foundation to Edmond Summit Rotary Club
Shane Granger introduces Armstrong International Cultural Foundation to some of city’s leaders.
Mariachi los Camperos 1 at Armstrong Auditorium.
Mariachi los Camperos Throws Musical Fiesta at Armstrong Auditorium
Grammy-winning mariachi band performs upbeat program
Sleeping Beauty 1 at Armstrong Auditorium.
Moscow Festival Ballet Performs on Back-to-Back Nights at Armstrong Auditorium
Russian dance troupe brings Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty to more than 1,000
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Gerald Flurry Leads Foundation Into Its Third Decade
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation marks 20 years this month.
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Armstrong Auditorium Now Streaming Concerts
Moscow Festival Ballet streams live for Trumpet account holders
Sara Sant'Ambrogio performs at Armstrong Auditorium.
Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio Plays All-Chopin Program at Armstrong Auditorium
Eroica Trio founder focuses on Polish composer in her return to Armstrong
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Sara Sant’Ambrogio Teaches Technique, Talks Talent at Armstrong Auditorium
Master class features cellists from elementary school to college.
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation hosts conductor Gerard Schwarz at Armstrong Auditorium.
Gerard Schwarz, Mozart Orchestra of New York Perform at Armstrong Auditorium
One of the greatest orchestras in the world performed Mozart’s most famous symphonies at Armstrong Auditorium.
Pianist Mark Jenkins plays at Armstrong Auditorium.
Armstrong Foundation Staffer Mark Jenkins Jazzes It Up at Armstrong Auditorium
Jenkins and company filled the theater with catchy tunes from jazz greats like Clifford Brown, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.
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Mazar Discovers Seal of King Hezekiah in Jerusalem
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar announces latest discovery from Ophel excavations
Violinist Joshua Bell performs at Armstrong Auditorium.
Violinist Answers the Bell in First Concert of the Season
International superstar Joshua Bell brought classical music to life at Armstrong.
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Brent Nagtegaal Receives 30 Under 30 Award