Celebrating Aram Khachaturyan's centenary.
An international festival "Prospects of the
21st century" dedicated to Aram Khachaturyan's
100th anniversary will be held in Yerevan through
the next month.
Musicians from around the world are expected to
perform compositions of Khachaturyan as well as
other Armenian and West-European composers.
The organization of the extended festival is in
reaction to the classical music community's concern
that the Ministry of Culture in Armenia has not
done enough to honor its famous composer.
Celebrating Don Askaryan's movies. During
the coming week, Nairy Cinema in Yerevan will
feature several films shot by Armenian producer
Born in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh, Askaryan
studied in Moscow and in 1975-1977 he was imprisoned
for his progressive and anti-Soviet thoughts.
He returned to Armenia in 1978 and for the past
20 years he has been living and working in Germany.
He is a prize winner of several international
Askaryan's films have been successful in Germany,
Japan, Holland, and England.
"Magic realism", is how a number of
critics characterize his artistic works. The director
himself calls his shooting method "creation
of new reality".
In 1985-1988 he shot "Komitas", which
won several prizes at international film festivals.
In 1996 Askaryan's book "Dangerous Light"
was published in Armenia. The book includes his
scripts and essays as well as interviews and reviews
from world press.
In 1998-2000 Askaryan produced documentaries "Parajanov"
and "Musicians". His latest feature
(2001) was "On the Old Roman Road".
Honoring concert. A charity concert devoted
to young Opera and Chamber singer Suren Zurabyan
will be held in Conservatory Opera Studio October18.
Zurabyan was injured earlier this year in a car
accident. His musician friends organized the concert
to raise money for producing Zurabyan's CD.
On Yerevan stages
October 18. "Under 44 degrees" performance
will take place in Sos Sargsyan's Hamazgayin Theatre.
The performance is directed by young artist Zohrab
Bek-Gasparents and addresses major problems of
contemporary Armenia's social, political and spiritual
life. The popular production is in its second
year of performance.
October 24. The newly reconstructed Dramatic
Theater will open its 34th season with "Jesus
Christ and his Second Disciple".
October 22. Russian pop group "Ruki Vverkh"
perform at Demirchyan Center in Yerevan.