Conductors, performers, singers, actors, directors... They make our days significant with various concert and theater evenings. Every day in the morning they hold their rehearsals. If they find time, then on Tuesday and Friday they rush to us, to Radio Vem, to talk about their upcoming concert or play. And this live conversation becomes a real "surprise meeting."
On March 25, Komitas Chamber Music Hall will host the concert of the Hover choir's female group called "LE." They will sing Armenian and world choral works. Our surprise guest, the choirmaster of LE Narine Voskanyan, presents the premieres that are going to take place during that concert.
On March 16, the Akunk Traditional Song Ensemble will give a concert at the Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall. During our surprise meeting, we're also talking about the new program compiled by Artur Shahnazaryan, the artistic director of the ensemble. Our guest is Sona Hakobyan, coordinator, manager and organizer of ensembles of the Center for People's Music, RA Ministry of Culture.
The Gurdjieff Ensemble has not performed in Yerevan for a long time. The expected concert will take place at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum on March 15, at 19:00. The next concert evening from the series "Musical Thursday at Khachaturian's House" will present music transcriptions of the works of Komitas and Georgy Gurdjieff. Tigran Mansourian's work "Come Home" will be performed for the first time. Our guest is Levon Iskenyan, the Artistic Director of the Gurdjieff Ensemble.
From March 5 to 9, by the efforts of Armenian State Orchestra, the works by Armenian composers of several generations are being performed. Our guest is Sargis Balbabyan, Chief of Artistic Management of the orchestra. I'm sure that if the organizations representing the main branches of Armenian music culture work together and in a systematic way, it will be possible to present the Armenian composers' art at each festival completely.
On March 9, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra invites to an evening of symphony music. The conductor of the concert is Ruben Asatryan. The guest of our surprise meeting is the soloist of that concert, young violinist Sofya Vardanyan. At the concert, she is going to perform the same work that had been first performed 60 years ago by her grandfather, the famous violinist Hakob Vardanyan.
Music of Armenia offers five different programs for presenting music to Armenian women from March 8 to April 7. The heroes of the month will be Armine Grigoryan, DJ Anaïs, Anzhela Atabekyan, Lilit Pipoyan, and Otri Trio. Hasmik Movsisyan, the founder and head of Music of Armenia, also told during this surprise meeting about the scholarship for little Armenian female musicians and presented the history of the creation of the logo for this month campaign.
On March 5, the Alexander Spendiaryan National Opera and Ballet Theater will host the anniversary concert of one of the National Opera singers, Marine Deinyan. Satik Mkrtumyan and Hayk Deinyan, singers from Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach, will also take part in the concert. Marine Deinyan will sing the airs of Aida, Tosca, Norma, Leonora, and Maddalena, while the guests have promised to sing a part from George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess." During this surprise meeting, we managed to talk about both this anniversary concert and some episodes from the creative life of these three opera singers.
"Humans are those who are helpful to their nation, who sacrifice their lives with their good and beautiful works and patriotism." The staff of the Derenik Demirchyan House-Museum serve and live by turning these words of Demirchyan into work. After refurbishment, the museum presents a new exposition and periodic cultural programs to its visitors. Our surprise guest is the director of the Demirchyan House-Museum, Karine Rafayelyan.
In 2018, the museums of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin have started to carry out the exhibition project titled "Creating Hands." Until February 21, Gevorkian Theological Seminary's hall will host the works of artist Mikayel Harutyunyan and sculptor Sargis Babayan. "Sculpture is like a prayer," confesses our surprise guest, young sculptor, lecturer at the State Academy of Fine Arts Sargis Babayan.
“Can you sing the sol of the first octave”? This question gave a start to a creative union, which in its turn became the beginning of a love story. Our surprise guests, young musicians Anna Hayrapetyan and Gor Salnazaryan, talk on some topics related to their pedagogical and research life.
On November 28, at 19:00, the Komitas Chamber Music House will host an event dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Alexander Spendiaryan House-Museum. In our surprise meeting, we're talking with Nana Petrosyan, the head of the Exhibition and Propaganda Department of the Museum, about the upcoming festal event and some episodes from the past and present of Spendiaryan's house.
At the concert of November 24 during the 5th Khachaturian International Festival, the trio Otri of the Armenian State Youth Orchestra will present a new program and premieres in Armenia. The concert will take place at the National Gallery where the exhibition "Ivan Aivazovsky: Creation" has been opened, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the great marine painter. The entrance to the concert is free.
After a nine-year absence, opera singer Artak Kirakosyan will give his first solo concert in Armenia. The evening of November 4 became an occasion for a surprise meeting at our radio. The teacher of our guest that was born and had spent the first period of his education in Gyumri was Karine Mkrtchyan. He graduated from the class of Rebeka Ojakhyan at Yerevan Conservatory...
"She knows how to immerse in these treasures, creating beautiful voices," writes the German Klassik Akzent in an article about the pianist Lusine Grigoryan's album "Seven Songs." Unerring feedback continues to reach Armenia and will be joined by the words of our musicians during the concert-presentation at the Komitas Museum-Institute on October 7, at 5 p.m.
On September 28, the Aram Khachaturyan House-Museum will host the solo concert of young pianist, winner of international competitions, 8th grader at Alexander Spendiaryan Music School, Laura Galstyan. The most important part of Laura's education is her specialization under the guidance of renowned pianist Hayk Melikyan.
On September 26, at 7 p. m., the Martiros Saryan House-Museum invites to an evening of German chamber music. The concert will be followed by a tour in the museum that will be accompanied by Sofya Saryan, Saryan's granddaughter and chief curator of the museum. On September 30, a meeting-concert will take place that will present teen composers. Tigran Mansuryan and Ruben Aharonyan will be the honorary guests of the museum.
On September 16, the 4th Festival of Contemporary Armenian Composers' Music starts, which is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Composers Union of Armenia. On the threshold of the solemn opening concert, our surprise guests are composer Narine Zarifyan and Sona Khachatryan who is responsible for the informational part of the festival.
This London-based jazz trio won in a serious competition that lasted five weeks and was organized by Yamaha, Jazz FM, and Ronnie Scott’s Club in 2017. The jury members explained that they had been looking for a light in the tunnel. After London, the first concert abroad was in Yerevan. Our guest is the pianist of Cygus Flare, Arman Vardanyan.
From September 7 to 10, the Union of Artists is holding the first exhibition of artist, fashion designer and stylist Shushan Sargsyan’s works. The exposition presents drawings, paintings, sculptures, and applied decorative works.
On October 9, there is a premiere in Yerevan. The Opera-Oratorio "David of Sasun" by Haro Stepanyan will be presented. This work that was created in 1936 is the first attempt in Armenian art of music composing to unravel this wonderful epic in music. The play is dedicated to the Artsakh Independence Day, the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi, Haro Stepanyan's 120th and Derenik Demirchyan's 140th anniversaries. Our guest is this project's author and artistic director Sarina Avtandilyan.
From August 25 to September 3, the Fresco International Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films announced for the fourth time that the best greeting is love, kindness, boldness, faith, and peace. The film screenings in outdoor places, the master classes, concerts, and film camps in Yerevan and marzes have already become the history of the Fresco 2017. Our guest is the artistic director of the festival, Anna Karapetyan.
On July 29, at 15:30, buses will take everyone from Komitas State Conservatory to Sevan, Hayravank, Avet Terteryan’s house. On his birthday, an evening of musical and theatrical improvisations awaits us. The United Chamber Orchestra will perform musical pieces by Mikhail Kokzhaev and Vahagn Vardanyan (conductor Ruben Asatryan). Our surprise guest, musicologist, candidate of art criticism Narine Avetisyan, presents the details of the festival and of the mentioned day.
On July 20, the Time of Terteryan Festival will start at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum. From that day until July 31, Armenia and Artsakh will experience days leading to Avet Terteryan. Young Armenian composers Aregnaz Martirosyan, Bardi Minasyan, and Vahagn Vardanyan will "accompany" our classic composer.
The upcoming Yerevan concert of Lilit Grigoryan as part of the Armenia International Music Festival on July 11 became an occasion for a surprise meeting at Vem. The pianist will play fine pieces of music by Schubert, Rakhmaninoff, and Mompou.