Felix Khacahatryan Robertino Loretti’s first pupil

“Vesti” reports Russia living Felix Khacahatryan is Robertino Loretti’s first pupil, since the latter saw in the young man’s voice his own.
Loretti was familiar with Felix’s talents and knew he participated in numerous competitions successfully. Loretti invited him to his Kiev concert where he dedicated his song “Amore” to the young man. Afterwards he gave some master classes for the literate singing.

Felix’s father states no one in Russia sings the song “Jamayka” the way his son does.
The classes are held 6 days a week with 6 hours’ duration.
The young man has a certificate stating Felix Khachatryan took master classes with Robertino Loretti. Next year 3 concerts are already scheduled in Finland.
In spring the young talent will perform with the local symphonic orchestra only after passing another master class with Loretti.

“Sasna Tsrer” is most probably be included in UNESCO non-material cultural heritage list

Yerakouyn.com reports “Sasna Tsrer” epos is most probably to be included in UNESCO non-material cultural heritage list. Apart from the Armenian epos, Venezuelan epic poem “Dancing Satans” and other 51 other creations of different nations have applied for it.

The discussions on the matter will take place on December 3-7 and the winners will be announced at the end of each day.
The secretary of the non-material cultural heritage of UNESCO states their aim is to preserve whatever cultural values the nations have created so as to make them available for the coming generations.

The annual budget of the program is $6.5 million and is distributed to different nations to preserve their non-material cultural heritage.

Armenia won the third place in “Junior Eurovision”

Anastasiya Petryk from Ukraine received a total of 138 points with her song Nebo (Sky) and became the winner of the 10th Junior Eurovision . Last year’s winner Georgia, with The Funkids, finished second with 103 points and Armenia’s Compass Band finished third with 98 points.

The 10th Junior Eurovision was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Little Petrik lives in Odessa, studies at school and along with it she is having additional vocal courses.

We should recall that her sister Victoria had participated in the 9th Junior Eurovisiion and was the second.
Children from 10-15 years can only participate in the Junior Eurovision.

The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 15 November 2003 and was an instant international hit. Since then it has taken place in Lillehammer (Norway), Hasselt (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Lemesos (Cyprus), Kyiv (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus) and Yerevan (Armenia).

Locarno Film Festival to focuse on Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan

Prominent Swiss Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors co-production mart will focus on films from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan this year. The official webpage of the festival also informs that the Festival del film Locarno’s section that supports and puts the spotlight on filmmakers and films from countries in the South and East where independent cinema is vulnerable will also introduce a new component.

This year “Open Doors” enters its second decade with a new feature: the initiative that enables the selected filmmakers and producers to meet potential partners will now also hold a workshop for professionals. The morning will be devoted to one-on-one meetings, while the afternoon will focus on training and information.

The fest dedicated to international indie cinema has recruited Russian and Euro-Asian cinema expert Joel Chapron, who is also an Unfinanced collaborator, as consultant in selecting a dozen participating projects from these countries in the South Caucasus.

Open Doors also assign a prize worth 50,000 Swiss Francs ($54,000), and other smaller cash nods offered by Gaul’s CNC and broadcaster ARTE.
The format is being modified with one-on-one meetings to be scheduled in the morning and panels and presentations in the afternoon.
Locarno will have its 66th edition August 7-17.

For more information visit the Festival’s official webpage at : http://www.pardolive.ch/en/Pardo-Live/today-at-the-festival

Serzh Sargsyan received people’s artist of the USSR Josef Kabzon

RA President’s Public and Media Relations Department informs that Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on November 23 received People’s Artist of the USSR Josef Kabzon who is now in Yerevan for concerts.

Our president welcomed the guest, congratulated Kabzon on his birthday and said that Armenia is always glad to meet with an honorable singer like Kabzon.
Sargsyan stressed that Kabzon is a very close friend to Armenia and Armenian nation.

Kabzon in his turn thanked Sargsyan for a warm welcome and talked about the expressions which he got on November 22 concert , held in Yerevan.

Jubilee concert dedicated to Harutyun Delalyan’s 75th anniversary

On November 20 in Chamber Music hall named after Komitas the oldest music ensemble “Tagharan” will present a concert dedicated to Harutyun Delalyan’s 75th anniversary on the eve of the 100th commemoration year of the Armenian Genocide.

Sedrak Erkanyan told both Harutyun Delalyan and the genocide are the embodiment of the results and consequences of the Genocide of 1915.

The concert program is: Komitas – “Tsirani Tsar”, “Antuni”, “Krunk”, arutyun Delalyan – “A minute of Silence” requiem dedicated to Der Zor victims, “Dedication to Komitas” piano sonata, the vocal sequence and the organ requiem.

Armenian composing arts festival “Chukhajyan Fest” starts today

The public relation section of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia reports the solemn opening of the 4th Armenian composing arts festival will be held today at 19:30 in Aram Khachaturian concert hall. This year the festival will be dedicated to Tigran Chukhajyan’s 175th anniversary who was the first of the Armenian composers to write an opera. The ceremony will open Robert Amirkhanyan – the founder of the festival and the president of the composers and musicologists union of Armenia. The movements from Tigran Chukhajyan operas “Arshak the Second” and “Karine” will be performed throughout the concert with the state academic theatre of opera and ballet (conductor – Karen Durgaryan) and the choir (conductor – Karen Sargsyan).
The festival takes place since 2010 with the support of the Ministry of Culture, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and the union of the composers and musicologists union of Armenia.

10% of each bought ticket for the concert will be donated to “Dedicate a life” charity foundation which aims at supporting the children with leukemia and cancer.

10 years old Raffi – French X Factor surprise (video)

10 years old Raffi who was the French X Factor surprise, managed to surprise the Armenian audience in May. There is his Armenian performance in Youtube named “Raffi-Incroyable Talent 2012” which already has more than 50.000 views.

In Yerevan the boy performed in “Vitamin” club, he also sang with French worldly known singer Patric Fiore in his solo concert first part. Raffi is predicted to have a great musical future and as his father told in the “Vitamin” club, the boy did not have a musical education and practiced at home himself.