Golden Apricot awarded with International Star Award for Quality

Golden Apricot international film festival was awarded with International Star Award for Quality, GOLD Category, Geneve, 2012. The famous award is given by B.I.D. Business Initiative Directions.

The annual International Star for Quality Convention will take place on September 29th and 30th in Switzerland, in the InterContinental Genève Convention Hall of Geneva. Companies from 74 countries will gather to receive the International Star Award for Quality.

This recognition is based on the criteria of the QC100 quality model, implemented in over 100 countries, and will be sponsored by ImarPress with 26 publications.

Business leaders will present their companies for an international audience and will participate in conferences regarding quality case studies in companies in search of quality and excellence.

We are animals. Serj Tankian

Worldwide famous Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, the frontman for experimental hard rock band System of a Down, Serj Tankian had an interview with peta2 about cruelty to animals and the need to protect and take care of them.

“First of all we are animals. I think that’s something that we always forget. That’s our self-differentiation and egos that think that we are different but we are animals.” Tankian noted that there are lots of animals in the shelters and that statistics showed that at least 50 percent of them die, because there is nobody to adopt them. “We have created the domesticated life of animals, humans have, and if we have made that choice, we should take the responsibility of at least looking after that choice. I recommend pet adoption from shelters to everyone.”

“All the issues that affect the peaceful and just coexistence of all beings on this planet affect me. I see them all with one perspective, that of justice”.

Tankian concludes saying that there need to be organizations such as PETA to fight for other species’ rights.

British Embassy and Boghossian Parks organizing a ceremony in the Lovers’ Park

The British Embassy to Yerevan and Boghossian Parks Fund organize a ceremony of opening benches in Lovers’ park on September 27th dedicated to 60th anniversary of the UK Queen Elizabeth II inauguration.

The benches symbolize the United Kingdom, and the statue placed nearby will let the passers to take photo with Her Excellence. A bicycle parking spot is also planned to open on that date. The representatives of Lovers’ park and British Embassy will be present in the ceremony. The Ambassador of the UK Kathy Leech will give a speech.

Lebanese-Armenian sculptor Raffi Tokatlian was awarded by RA Minister of Culture

The press service of RA Ministry of Culture, told our journalists that today, September 26, Hasmik Poghosyan, Minister of Culture, awarded Lebanese-Armenian sculptor Raffi Tokatlian with a gold medal.

Raffi Tokatlian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1957 and was raised in a family of artists. His grandfather, the only member of his Armenian family to survive the Armenian genocide of 1915, had immigrated to Lebanon.

Tokatlian grew up with his grandfather’s stories of the genocide and his escape from Armenia, and they formed the emotional core of his sculptural work.
His works have always been and are still one of the best pieces of art.
As reported, the minister highly appreciated his works and offered him to continue his works in Armenia.

Evgeni Kissin never visits Turkey

Famous pianist Evgeni Kissin is in Yerevan in the framework of 13th Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival. He will perform at Aram Khachaturian concert hall on September 27th.

The pianist said that he is very happy to be in Armenia for the first time in 28 years. He confessed that never visits Turkey because they didn’t accept the fact of Armenian genocide. The pianist said that “Yerevan festival” already sounds trustful.

Kissin was born in 1971 in Russia in the family of Jews. In 2000 and 2010, he was awarded with Grammy. The founding president of the 13th international festival, Stepan Rostomian noted that “Armenian perspectives” has really helped Armenia after the earthquake.

Republicans still dominate!

On September 23 in 5 Armenian regions, Aragacotn, Gexarkunik, Kotayk, Vayoc Dzor and in Tavush, the local governmental elections will be held. According to “168 zham” daily there are overall 2626 candidates for council membership, and 251 candidates for city’s mayor.

As reported, the upcoming elections, which will be tomorrow, are similar to the one which were on September 9.

The similarity is that the majority of the candidates belong to the Republican party. According to Eduard Sharmazanov, the deputy president of Armenia’s National Assembly, Republican, almost in every community there is a one candidate from Republicans.

PAP has also nominated a lot of candidates. According to the source there are 87 candidates from PAP.

ARF and the “Rule of Law” also have more candidates comparing with other parties, excluding PAP and Republicans.

Karen Shahnazarov’s film presented to “Oscar” nomination

Russia presented Karen Shahnazarov’s “White Tiger” movie to Oscar nomination. The choice was made by Russian “Oscar commission” on September 20.
According to the president of the commission Vladimir Menshov, who had won Oscar for the movie” Moscow doesn’t believe in tears”, the meeting was quite tense as each member was defending its candidate.

Thus, it is the third year that Russia nominates a film about Great Patriotic War for Oscar. The commission members were former Oscar winners or candidates, producers and directors, like Nikita Mikhalkov, Vladimir Naumov, Andrey Konchalovsky, Karen Shahnazarov and others.

Movie expert Kyril Razlogov explained in the interview with Russian mass media that this a worthy movie. Alexander Sokurov’s “Faust” would be too difficult for American movie academics.

Volochkova to give a concert in Yerevan

Anastasia Volochkova, honored Russian artist, on October 17 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Yerevan city, will give a concert show, titled “The New Century”.

According to the source, the prise of the tickets is from 5000 to 30.000 AMD, and there are still tickets left which cost 5000 AMD.
We should note that Anastasia Volochkova is considered to be one of the best dancers of Russian “Marinya” theatre, English National theatre and Yuri Grigarovichi Ballet Theater.

She is the winner of Serj Lifar’s international competition, has been awarded the «Золотой лев» and «Benois de la Danse» prizes.

Clarinet Virtuoso Makes Return trip to Boston

The first time clarinetist Narek Arutyunian performed in Boston in June.
The sold-out performance was praised by those attending and Arutyunian seemed to find a fan in Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, Armenian Mirror Spectator reports.

Preternaturally confident, the Gyumri-born Arutyunian, 20, dazzled with his ease on stage and off. Of course, the admiration was mutual, as he was thrilled to play with the Pops. “I have never played with such a [top] name orchestra,” he said.

He is going to return to Boston on September 23, to perform at the Isabella Gardner Museum at 1:30 p.m., accompanied by pianist Solon Gordon. The program will include works by Bernstein and Schumann, among others.
Arutyunian is currently living in New York, studying at the Juilliard School with Charles Neidich. He started playing the clarinet rather late, around age 9, but that certainly did not stop him from mastering it and winning many prestigious awards along the short time he has performed
“When I was 8 or 9, my mom noticed that I have a good sense of rhythm. She hired music teacher after music teacher, all of whom suggested that he study music on a full-time basis,” he said.
He next attended the Moscow Conservatory at age 17 for one year, before leaving for Queens College in New York, and then Juilliard, which he entered with a full scholarship.

Arutyunian confessed sheepishly that he would have gotten into Juilliard when he first applied when he was a student in the Moscow Conservatory, had he not performed disastrously on his Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

He has performed as a soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; with conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Apolin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Misha Rakhlevsky, Yuri Bashmet and Saulous Sondeckis; and in Poland, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Canada, Czech Republic and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich in October 2008.
While Arutyunian wants to be the absolute top classical clarinetist in the world, he is also eager to practice his skills in jazz, performing works by Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, among other American jazz giants.

Armenian Classical Artists to perform at Boston Garnder Museum

The fall Sunday Concert Series at the brand new Calderwood Hall of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will feature three rising Armenian artists.

On September 23, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian will appear in his recital debut, accompanied by pianist Solon Gordon. Their program will feature an eclectic mix, ranging from Schumann to Schoenfield with Debussy and Bernstein and Donatoni in between. The 20-year-old Arutyunian was most recently the featured soloist at the Armenian Night at the Pops, where he dazzled the audience who packed the sold-out Symphony Hall with his energetic performances with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart.

Also no stranger to Boston audiences, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will take the stage on Sunday, October 7. Hakhnazaryan, 23, won the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2011.
Along with his pianist of choice, Noreen Polera, Hakhnazaryan will perform music by Cesar Frank, Ligeti, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Schumann.

Finally, on October 21, pianist Nareh Arghamanyan will be the featured artist in a piano recital. Aghamanyan is the winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition who received her professional training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has appeared in concerts in Boston (also with the Boston Pops), Tanglewood and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She will perform the music of Bach, Schumann and Rachmaninoff.