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 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.
The academic year of Sayat Nova Music School was concluded with a big concert at the Aram Khachaturian Hall on June 19. On the day following that evening, we have surprise guests – Nana Torosyan, head of the School's Theoretical Department, and voice teacher Armine Mktrchyan.
On June 17, at 16:00, the Ghazaros and Araksi Saryan Hall at the Martiros Saryan House-Museum will host a memorial event dedicated to the 80th birth anniversary of merited musicologist Araksi Saryan. The guest of our surprise meeting is her daughter Sofia Saryan, the chief museum curator, philologist, and art critic. At the end of the talk, you’ll listen to Ghazaros Saryan’s Aria performed by Ruben Aharonyan and the author himself.
Our guest who is fallen in love with singer Lusine Zakaryan’s image is her biographer Sergey Manvelyan. With his active collaboration and on the initiative of the National Library of Armenia, an event will be organized dedicated to the 80th birth anniversary of Lusine Zakaryan in the library’s hall on June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Memories of her contemporaries, rare videos, new archival materials, and a concert performance will be presented at the event.
On June 23, Armenian best musicians will present on the stage of the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex the modernist opera "Amen" where visual effects, music, and dance are intertwined. The guest of our surprise meeting is the composer and producer of this project Araksi Musheghyan.
The whole world celebrates International Children's Day on June 1. During the festive broadcast of Radio Vem, all the important words will be read by children -- heroes of "broadcast cards." Our creative work is carried out with the help of Ani Gabrielyan, Arpi Sargsyan and Hripsime Muradyan from the Little Singers of Armenia Choir, students of Yerevan Basic School No. 99 Tamara Sharoyan and Volodya Vardanyan, and sisters Nare and Ellen Saratikyan from Basic School No. 189.
On May 24, the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet and Konstantin Orbelyan invite us to a concert entitled “Ella Fitzgerald – 100.” The participants of the concert are the orchestra of the Opera Theater and best musicians from three countries. The occasion for our surprise interview is that concert, and our guest is jazz musician, pianist, composer Vahagn Hayrapetyan.
Starting from April 8, Komitas Museum-Institute will host a temporary exhibition titled “Sound and Silence: Musicians and Instruments in the Course of Centuries.” We’re going to get acquainted with the historical course of development of instrumental music in the Armenian Highland. Our guest is art critic Nayiri Khachatryan, the coordinator of the forthcoming exhibition, the head of the Exhibitions Department of Komitas Museum, and its Manager of Educational Programs.
In 2013, Austria-based composer Ron Hannah visited Armenia. He was impressed with the talent of the Armenian people and especially was inspired by the image of St. Gregory the Illuminator. His feelings gave birth to the opera “The Illuminator” which will be premiered on April 3 and 4. Our live guest is the conductor of the upcoming performance Harutyun Arzumanyan.
On March 29, an open lesson of Chinese and a meeting with traditional Chinese art of drinking tea await us at the presentation event of the “Armenian-Chinese and Russian-Chinese Dictionary of Diplomatic and Political Terms.” The author of the dictionary is Lilit Hakobyan, teacher of Chinese, head of the Learning Department of Confucius Institute at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.
On March 24, Cafesdjian Center for the Arts launched its exhibition season of 2017 by hosting the exhibition “Multidimensional Rudolf Khachatryan.” In the Artsiv hall of the Center, the artist’s works of Yerevan, Moscow and London periods are exhibited that “have never seen each other”… Our guest is the director of exhibitions of Cafesjian Center, PhD in art criticism Armen Yesayants.
Such was Gegham Grigoryan’s singing. To the memory of this famous tenor is dedicated the evening of March 23 at the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. One of the performers of the concert will be soloist of the theater, mezzo-soprano Varsenik Avanyan for whom Gegham Grigoryan’s name is very dear and precious.
From May 10 to 12, the Composers' Union of Armenia is organizing the Fourth Edvard Mirzoyan Republican Competition of Young Composers. Our guest is composer Edmond Makaryan, head of Information Department at the Composers' Union.
The title of this year's Festival of Performing Art is "Performing Narrative." Talking in the language of dance, speech, silence, art… The artistic director of the festival Marine Karoyan is sure that a good story always interests people. ARé starts with British Candoco Dance Company's concert on March 16, 5 p.m.
With musicologist Shushan Hyusnunts and composer Arsen Babajanyan, we talked about past and upcoming events of the international music festival. A festival, in which met the life story of the artists of the early 20th century and the look, penetrating into the music of the late 20th century, as well as the singing piano and Armenian viola... The next meetings will be held from March 11 to 15.
On March 5, Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater hosted a premiere. In the Masquerade ballet staged by Vilen Galstyan, the character of Arbenin was played that day by Ruben Muradyan, one of the leading artists of the theater. “I am an Armenian, and this is my theater. The warmth that I get in this theater and from this audience, I have never received in another place,” confesses our guest.