The Hilliard Ensemble will perform in
Armenia on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and
2, in honor of the 1700th anniversary of the Holy
See of the Armenian Church, the Cathedral of Echmiatsin.
The ensemble (David James, Rogers Covey-Crump,
Steven Harrold, Gordon Jones) is considered one
of the world's finest vocal chamber groups in
the fields of both ancient and modern music. Its
distinctive style and highly developed musicianship
engage the listener as much in medieval and renaissance
repertoire as in works especially written for
the group by living composers.
The concerts are expected to be the highlight
of this Jubilee Year, with the Catholicos of the
Armenian Church, the President, Prime Minister,
local and foreign dignitaries all in attendance.
On November 1, the ensemble will sing at the Small
Hall of the Yerevan Philharmonic, and their performance
at St. Echmiatsin Cathedral on November 2 will
be broadcast live on Public TV.
The ensemble will perform Armenian spiritual music
and European classical music. Vem Radio has been
collaborating with the Hilliard Ensemble on Sharakans
(Armenian sacred music) for the past three months.
This unique spiritual music, dating from the 5th
to 15th Centuries is considered one of the jewels
of Armenian culture.
With this project, which also includes recording
Sharakans by the Hilliard Ensemble, Vem hopes
to create wider international recognition of the
singular beauty and depth of Armenian spiritual
music. The general sponsor of the event is the
Painters' Elections: The 16th conference of
the Painters Union of Armenia was held on October
28 and 29 during which 1100 artist members elected
a new president. They voted in the current president
Karen Aghamyan for a new five-year term in a ballot
contested by four candidates.
A letter of greeting from President Robert Kocharyan
was presented at the opening of the conference,
in which he underlined the great importance of
the Union of Painters.
"During its entire existence the Union has
been playing an important role in the field of
developing graphic arts and has been successfully
accomplishing the mission of organizing and making
popular the important part of cultural life of
Armenia," the President said.
The Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs, Tamar
Poghosyan, addressed the conference but caused
dismay among some members by leaving immediately
after her speech.
Artist Aghvan Hunanyan said Armenia's former general
secretary Karen Demirchyan used to attend the
whole conference, adding: "What can our minister,
who is a specialist of mathematics, do for us
and where is she now? She held a speech and ran
Children for Europe: A children's art exhibition
titled "Landscape with Children's Eyes"
was opened at the Armenian Architectural National
Museum-Institute. The 134 works were created by
90 pupils from 13 painting schools of Yerevan,
Gyumri, Vanadzor and other regions.
During the opening ceremony children and their
teachers were greeted by the head of the Department
of Regional Planning and Landscape of the Council
of Europe, who said the pictures would be exhibited
at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in
October 30 After long struggle against
cancer one of Armenia's eminent TV journalists,
Robert Mavisakalyan passed away in Yerevan.
Among his famous exclusive TV shows were "Hingshabty"
(Thursday), "15 days", "Questions"
and "6-th Studio". His years-long work
in Armenian National TV and "Armenia"
TV channel conveyed a new standard of professionalism
to the young generation of Armenian TV journalists.
According to his colleagues Mavisakalyan has contributed
greatly to the development of TV industry in the
country and his programs were carried out with
Armenian conductor and composer proposed for Grammy
Awards The CD Album of Aram Khachatryan's
compositions dedicated to the great Armenian composer's
centennial has been nominated for the Grammy Awards
as Best Music Album, Best Orchestral Rendering,
Best Sound Production. The Album was rendered
by the Russian State Chamber Orchestra, the artistic
director and chief conductor of which was Konstantin
Orbelyan. The names of the winners will be announced
in February 2004.
On Yerevan Stages
November 7-8 A concert of Armenian pop
singers Aramo and Emma Petrosyan "Me and
You" will take place at Paronyan Theatre.
The concert will be accompanied by the "Armenian
jazz band" and its artistic conductor Armen
November 9 A rally celebrating the 65
anniversary of the Armenian Honored Song and Dance
Ensemble named after Tatul Altunyan. Will be held
at Karen Demirchyan Concert hall.
November 9 A concert with the participation
of "Mihr" Armenian- Iranian folk musical
instruments ensemble directed by musician Arthur
Arakelyan will be held in Paronyan Theatre.
A new performance
called "The owners of our home" will
be presented at Paronyan Theatre. The play is
written by playwright Jirayr Ananyan, the performance
is staged by Paronyan Theatre artistic director