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 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.
On March 4, at 1 p.m., the Literature and Art Museum will host a conference and a temporary exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Derenik Demirchyan. Our guest is the head of the Demirchyan House-Museum Karine Rafayelyan.
Geghuni Chtchyan, Simon Hovhannisyan, Stepan Shakaryan, Mikhail Kokzhaev, Vard Manukyan, Aram Satyan, Armen Smbatyan… Their songs and romances will be performed by Triumph Trio. On March 2, singers Anna Poghosyan, Sar Sargsyan and pianist Julieta Khachatryan invite us to the first spring meeting of the series “Musical Thursday at Khachaturian’s House.”
A conversation before final concerts. Our guest is Sargis Balbabyan, Chief of Artistic Management at the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. After the 8th Festival of Armenian Composers' Art, the music library of Radio Vem will be enriched with new concert recordings.
On February 22, the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet invites to a romantic and vibrant evening. Winter will depart under the direction of conductor Harutyun Arzumanyan.
This is the title of the next evening of the series "Musical Thursday in Khachaturian's House" that will take place on February 23 and will present the songs of the 220-year-old Franz Schubert. Our guest is the initiator and participant of the concert, pianist Margarit Sargsyan.
On February 18, the State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia invites to a concert dedicated to famous violinist Jean Ter-Merguerian. The musicians that will play at the concert are his pupils: Artashes Mkrtchyan, Bagrat and Astghik Vardanyan, and Dianna Adamyan. Today we host conductor Vahan Martirosyan and Astghik Vardanyan.