Presidential Visit: On October 17, President
Robert Kocharian visited the Opera and Ballet
Theater which has undergone a $2 million renovation
with funds from the Lincy Foundation.
The theater's director Kamo Hovhanisyan told
the President that he was happy with the work,
which includes $300,000 worth of sound equipment.
He said the theater will welcome visitors in December.
President Kocharian promised to petition the
Government to release fresh funds for the purchase
of new furnishing.
Celebrated Composer: A virtual museum was
launched this week at www.khachaturian.am to mark
the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer
Aram Khachaturyan. Financed by the Open Society
Institute, the web museum presents a detailed
biography of the Armenian composer, family tree,
a timeline, information about his conducting and
teaching career, plus a complete list of works,
extracts from letters, and information about the
Bank Notes: The Union of Russian Armenians
has pledged to provide $100,000 in 2004 to the
Union of Writers of Armenia. Its chairman Ara
Abrahamian said Russian Armenians will also provide
support in other spheres; the issues of "Literaturnaya
Armenia" (Literary Armenia) magazine will
be increased to 12 next year, the Union will sponsor
publication of 14 volumes of works by Avetik Isahakian,
and the condition of 40 tombs of prominent Armenian
writers in Yerevan will be improved.