- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 December 26 , 2003 



Arts Digest : A capsule review and preview of art and entertainment in Armenia .

Armenian Jazz in Russia. The ten-year-old vocalist from Rostov-on-the-Don Alina Yengibarian will perform at the international festival of vocal jazz "Jazz Voices IX" in Moscow today. Alina Yengibarian is vocalist both in an adult and in an children's jazz bands. Specialists repeatedly pointed out her excellent English, high scenic culture, stage liberty, etc., Arminfo reported on December 20.

Alina attends the Children's Jazz School in Rostov. She is the vocalist of the Kim Nazaretov municipal jazz band, which is one of the most professional bands in Russia. The band was formed in 1963, when the graduate of Kharkov Conservatoire Kim Nazaretov formed a jazz-type band. During forty years the band won numerous prestigious prizes, participating in Russian and international contests and festivals in Scotland, Poland, Germany, Greece and other countries.

Rock for Recognition
of Genocide The Armenian rock group System of a Down from the USA has organized a national campaign, requesting their fans to urge the US Congress to adopt a bill recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian National Committee of Armenia (ANCA) reports that in a letter addressed to the group's fans the SOAD vocalist Serge Tankian says that all the crimes against humanity, the Holocaust in Germany, massacre in Cambodia and the Armenian Genocide, have one common feature - regional, racial and cultural differences are cited as justification of annihilating whole nations. He says that time has come when it is no longer possible to stand the denial of such atrocities, which may result in repeated committals of such crimes, Arminfo Reported on 21.

Honored by Putin
President Vladimir Putin has awarded Maestro Constantine Orbelian (USA) the "Zasluzhenni Artist Rossii" (Honored Artist of Russia) title. Orbelian became the first foreigner to get this title, reported Panarmenian Network on December 23.

Constantine Orbelian has held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the renowned Moscow Chamber Orchestra since 1991. He was brought up in San Francisco, received his early musical education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and subsequently graduated from The Juilliard School of Music in 1980. He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of eleven.

With Constantine Orbelian, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra continues to capture the imagination of audiences and live up to its reputation as one of the best chamber orchestras in the world. Constantine Orbelian is Founder and Music Director of two unique music festivals in Russia - The Palaces of St. Petersburg International Chamber Music and Choir Festival which produces 30 concerts in the most beautiful and extraordinary residences of the Czars, and "Musical Treasures at the Museums of the Kremlin," a unique series of concerts at the Kremlin's Armory.

Concert in Aleppo
The author's concert of composer, professor Robert Amirkhanian, the Chairman of the Composers' Union of Armenia, which was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the RA Consulate General of Armenia in Aleppo was held recently in Aleppo. Armenpress reported on December 23, Robert Amirkhanyan performed with young singer Seda Amirkarayan, beginning the concert with the patriotic song "Yeraz im Yerkir" ("My Dream Country").

On Yerevan Stages …

On December 25
till January 10 Hamazgayin theatre will perform "Snow Queen" fairy tale with new interpretation of young director Zohrap Bek-Gasparents.

On December 28
New Year Party will take place in Philharmonic Big Hall with participation of Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Actors Hrant Tokhatyan and Mikayel Poghosyan.

On January 4
Armenian pop stars such as Susan Margaryan, Kristine Pepelyan, will make a Masquerade devoted to the passed year in Karen Demirchyan Center.







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