Concluding event The concert of Aram
Khachaturyan's compositions close events commemorating
the 100th birthday anniversary of the composer
at the State Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Edward Tadevossyan (violin), Medeya Abrahamyan
(violoncello), Anahit Nersessyan (piano), and
Jivan Gasparyan (duduk) were among featured musicians.
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, Russian Minister
of Culture Mikhail Shvydkoy and the composer's
son Karen Khachaturyan where present at the concert.
Armenian National Picture Gallery, boasting
one of the richest depositories of paintings among
other CIS countries, will re-open next month after
an 18-month break for repairs.
The deputy director of the Gallery, Hasmik Harutunyan,
said the reopening will be marked by a big display
of Armenian graphic art. The Gallery is preparing
now an album that will represent its best works.
The Embassy of Iran has contributed to organization
of a special hall dedicated to Iranian art and
also (Greek owned) Armentel telephone company
has helped to better organizers sections dedicated
to Old Greece and Egypt.
Youth for Peace A festival of one-minute
films on the subject "Youth and Peace"
was held in Yerevan's Moscow cinema on December
16 in the framework of the UNIFEM regional program
"Women for the Sake of Peace and Conflict
Settlement in the South Caucasus."
Arminfo reported the event was aimed to involve
the Armenian youth in the search for peaceful
ways of the regional conflicts settlement. Over
100 children and youths of 8-22 showed their creative
attitude towards the problem in 15 one-minute
movies. Similar projects have been held in Georgia
Learning Armenian Armenian Church of
America (Eastern) published two new books aimed
at helping people learn Armenian, Noyan-Tapan
reported on December 16. The first book, "Zarteer,"
is a compilation of the best resource materials
created by the Diocese in the past few years.
It helps students learn Armenian through recited
readings, quizzes and crossword puzzles, and arts,
crafts and cooking. The other book, "To the
Point," is a new self-teaching book that
anyone can use to learn or improve Armenian language
skills at home.
Memories in Abstract art 2004 will mark the
birthday centenary of the prominent Armenian painter
Arshile Gorky. New York, the place where the Armenian
painter lived and worked most of his life after
escaping 1915 Armenian genocide, plans to hold
a great exhibition of his works. Also, New York
based "Parrar Straus & Zhiru" publishing
house has already issue a work of Hayden Herrera
named "Arshile Gorky", as reported "Azg"
Gorky is not forgotten in the Armenia proper
as well. The Mother See Holy Etchmiadzin plans
to open a museum dedicated to Gorky, which will
be located right next to the Catholicos' headquarters.
On Yerevan Stages
December 21 Armenian Chamber Orchestra
directed by Aram Gharabekyan will perform Ludwig
Van Bethoven's 9th Symphony. Soloists will be
Nune Badalyan (soprano) and Rouben Nurijanyan
December 24 Folk singer Susanna Safaryan
will present "Ari Nor Tari" (Come New
Year), which will take place in Philharmonic Small
December 24 Armenian Pop Symphonic orchestra
directed by Yervand Yerznkyan will perform in
Stanislavski Theatre. The concert will include
performances by Armenian jazz- pop singers and
Araksi Kukuchyan from England.
December 31 Armenian First National Musical
Award, at the Dramatic Theater. The concert will
present winners from 18 National Award nominations.