Gala concert dedicated to Armenia’s 21 anniversary of independence

Today, in “Aram Khachaturian” concert hall Yerevan 6th international music festival in celebration of Armenia’s State Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert dedicated to the 21th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Armenia. “First News and Analyses” was informed about this by the PR manager of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia Lusine Mnatsakanyan.

The National Chamber Choir (artistic director and conductor Harutyun Topikyan), “Tapes” Choir (artistic director and conductor Sarina Avtandilyan) will perform.
The soloists of the concert are Suren Bagratuni (cello, USA), Polina Leshchenko (piano, Belgium), Boris Brovts (violin, UK), Artsvik Demurchyan (soprano, Armenia). The Concert conductors are Edward Topchyan and Vahan Martirosyan (France).

“My uncle Rafael” movie to premiere on September 21st

Armenian weekly reports that on Sept. 21 the movie “My Uncle Rafael” will premiere in New York, Toronto, Fresno, San Diego, Orange County, Encino, Burbank, Glendale, and other cities.
Everybody probably heard about this movie a few months ago when it got some good publicity as it was being made.

When Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat” came out, what happened on the opening weekend makes a big difference in how long the film ultimately runs and how widely it is distributed. “My Uncle Rafael” is a comedy, but with Armenian-based characters. In this respect, it is very important to have our non-Armenian friends and neighbors see it. Why? This kind of exposure makes our community a better-integrated part of the social fabric of the places we live in. It creates a subconscious understanding of things Armenian, which makes life easier for all of us when interacting with everyone else because they aren’t confronting something/someone they don’t have a comfortable understanding of.

Karen Avanesyan performed Bethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with duduk and shocked the audience

Humorist Karen Avanesyan, an honored artist of Russia, gave a performance a day before during the “Single Autumn” festival, which took place in Blogovoshensk city, Russia.

As reported, Amur state’s Governor’s wife, Irina Kojemyako was also present at the performance.
The humorist presented absolutely new performances during the festival.
“You should always try to give new impressions and new works to the public; you mustn’t do the one and the same thing all the time.”
The source informs that during the performance he especially focused Caucasian humor.

Avanesyan says that during his career a lot of journalists asked him why he is performing only Caucasian humor and he responded that” having Caucasian face, I can’t perform Estonian humors”.

All the audience was admired by the performance.
The source informs that during the festival Karen Avanesyan performed Bethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with duduk and shocked all the audience

Armenia’s First Lady admired by the Australian singer

Australian opera singer Liza Bell, from Brisbane city, who is not yet so popular among Armenian people who love opera songs, she has all the chances to become a worldwide famous singer.

Russian “Union” daily, which is operating in Australia since 1950, wrote that Rita Sargsyan, Armenia’s First Lady, had invited her to have a concert in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.

Mrs. Sargsyan was shocked when got acquainted with the singer’s life, who had overcome two cancers in her life. By the help of Araqs Mansuryan, Shushan Petrosyan gave Mrs. Sargysan the singer’s CD and book, which is about her life and her music. After reading the book and listening to the music, Rita Sargsyan decided to invite her to Armenia in November, in order to have a charitable concert dedicated to children.

Armenian singer Lusina getting married

Today, September 15, the wedding ceremony of Armenia Singer, Lusina will take place.
We should recall that Lusina is Andranik Manukyan’s (Armenian Ambassador to Ukraine) daughter.

She will marry a person who works in RA presidential office.
The Godfather of the wedding ceremony will be Robert Kocharyan’s (second president of Armenia) son, Levon, along with his wife, singer Sirusho.
As reported, the ceremony will take place in “Ojakh” restaurant complex.

Junior Eurovision-2012 final of Armenia to be held on September 30

On September 30, at 19.30, Armenia will choose its representative for Junior Eurovision-2012 song contest. This will be shown live on Armenian “First Chanel”.

The following candidates will participate in the final: Flora Mkhitaryan, Lusine Ghazaryan, Vahagn Grigoryan, Tatev Yengibaryan Ninela Mkhitaryan, Karen Ohanyan, Angelina Gasparyan, «Style» Group, Mane Arakelyan, Milli Miskaryan, Gayane Ghazaryan, Sona Dunoyan, «Compass band», Lidushik, “Xentutyun” group. Marine Abrahamyan and “Zangak” children’s studio.

The voting will occur via TV viewers (with SMS) and by a professional jury.
The participant will get the highest, 12 point. The singer who gets the more votes both from the TV viewers and from the juries, she/he will win.

Bedford Photographer Captures Armenian Lifestyles

The hidden treasures of everyday life are carefully recorded by Bedford photographer Astrid Reischwitz, who finds a special kinship to Armenians, The Armenian Weekly reports.

Reischwitz recently spent hours with Stephen Dulgarian, whose Chelmsford home reverberates with Armenian books and artifacts. Dulgarian opened his collection to the photographer, who found it replete with abstract art.
“Being of German ancestry, I can relate very much to the turmoil experienced by Armenians during their 1915 genocide through my own grandparents and ancestors who were in concentration camps,” said Reischwitz. “Armenians have a story to tell through their personal belongings and there is much which can be revealed to the naked eye.”

Objects like books, telephones, old records, and picture frames were carefully exposed through her insight.

“They remind us that all things simultaneously are present in this world yet are at risk of vanishing if we don’t preserve them,” said Reischwitz. “It amazes me that after a genocide, people like Stephen Dulgarian still cling to their past with reverence.”
Reischwitz is close friends with photographer Sona Gevorkian, who helped promote her exhibit on Armenian photography at the Bedford Library last year. Gevorkian happens to be Dulgarian’s daughter, and thus, a connection was made to photograph his archives for this exhibit.

Prominently displayed in the collage are an array of genocide books and a poignant glimpse of a skull by a Bible and cross, symbolizing the Armenian struggle to preserve Christianity.

Born in Germany, Reischwitz graduated from the Technical University Braunschweig with a chemistry degree. Soon after moving to the United States, she followed her passion for photography with courses at the International Center of Photography in New York, focusing on a black and white format.

Pan-Armenian Duduk festival to be held in Armenia

The launch of “Pan-Armenian Duduk festival” will take place on September 14th in “Moscow” cinema in the framework of “My Armenia” pan-Armenian festival.

Worldwide famous Armenian duduk players living abroad will perform in Yerevan and in different regions of Armenia.

Duduk has a special place among national musical instruments. It perfectly conveys music through the lips of an Armenian player. By their Armenian sounding our masters have escalated the artistic value of duduk through their professionalism and have created stable traditions.
Armenian duduk stepped into universal stage becoming not only Armenian, but also a universal symbol.

This duduk festival is exceptional in its type. The festival to be held from September 14 to 18 gathers the professionals from Armenia and from Diaspora.