Hrach Kalsahakian prepared the following reports and articles in Azad-Hye in January 2009. Click the link for each article.
Baghdad Barcarolle: A book about Beatrice Ohanessian
Beatrice Ohanessian, the well-known Iraqi Armenian classical pianist passed away in July 2008.
Less than a year since her absence, a book has appeared about her legacy, written by Holly Windle.
Windle has chosen a very symbolic title to her book: "Baghdad Barcarolle" (Barcarolle is a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers).
In a message to Azad-Hye readers she writes about her experience related to the book: "I spent many afternoons with Beatrice and her sister Sita over the last few years in the course of preparing the book. Beatrice's loss is a sad one for the community (as well as for many of us personally), but I am pleased that she was able to review the entire book and even saw a few of the final typeset pages of the early chapters before her death. I am so sorry that she isn't around to celebrate this testimony to her life and her commitment to music". Read All
Music of Armenia: A home for lovers of Armenian music
On 21 January 2009 a new website was launched for lovers of Armenian music.
Music Of Armenia will promote all musicians and music related to Armenia. It will inform its audience about upcoming concerts, shows, album releases, music videos, etc.
Hrach Kalsahakian had the following interview with Hasmik Movsisian, the energetic person behind this project.
Tell us about Music of Armenia.
Music of Armenia has four aims: To promote and spread the word about Armenian music and musicians. To donate musical instruments to schools across many of the disadvantaged regions of Armenia. To host free concerts for disadvantaged children in Armenia and to eventually grant scholarships to talented budding musicians to study music at a university in Armenia’s capital Yerevan. Read All
The second youth conference of ADLP in the Middle East
The second youth conference with the participation of 35 young members representing the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADLP / Ramgavar) clubs was abuzz with enlightening activities.
The conference took place in the Shneller establishment in Amman. The purpose of the conference was to bring the youth together and to discuss the principles of national awareness. It also aimed at getting acquainted with the members’ expectations about the ADLP functioning.
The presene of ADLP central committee members, namely Hagop Antreasian and Saro Nakkashian, helped make the conference a success. We would like to thank Maral Nersesian, the Vice Secretary of Vahan Tekeyian Club, for her enthusiasm and energy in preparing the three-day fun programs. Read All
Armenians in Baghdad celebrate Christmas (06 January 2009)
On the 6th of January 2009, the Armenians of Baghdad got together to celebrate the Christmas in the Saint Krikor the Illuminator Church in Baghdad.
The ceremony and the holy mass were officiated and presided by His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq. Hundreds of believers participated in the holy mass and received the communion. During the liturgy, Christ’s baptism order was also performed.
Singing along the mass was the Zvartnots Coir under the baton of Noubar Pshdigian.
The main topic of his Eminence’s sermon was the words of the inspiring hymn: “Oh great, heavenly sacrament that has been revealed.” Read All
Vice Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan in the United Arab Emirates
Armen Gevorgyan, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, paid an official visited to the United Arab Emirates from 13-15 January 2009, during which he attended also an international summit on world capital cities held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
On 13 January 2009, Gevorgyan met with Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and discussed with him ways to enhance relations, as well as current regional and international developments. The meeting, which was attended also by Ambassador Vahagn Melikian touched on economic, commercial and investment cooperation.
On the same day Vice Prime Minister Gevorgyan visited the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (about 210 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, abbreviated as RAK) and met in Al Dhait Palace with Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Read All
Yervant Zorian: The Armenian Virtual College is scheduled to launch in January 2009
Education is one of the first examples where we can use modern technologies. If we cannot secure the Armenian school physically, we can have it virtually.
On Friday 19th of December 2008, the Armenian Community Hall in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) hosted a presentation by Dr. Yervant Zorian, Member of Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Central Board of Directors and President of AGBU Virtual College, on the subject of "The Armenian Virtual College".
Hrach Kalsahakian took advantage of Dr. Zorian's visit to Sharjah and had the following interview with the distinguished guest. Read All
Atken Armenian: A life with a meaning
Atken Armenian is no more with us. He passed away in Montreal, Canada, on 26 December 2008 at the age of 64.
Atken was born in Cairo, Egypt. He moved to Canada in 1965. In 1992, in the difficult years of Armenia, he and his wife Hasmig took the decision to move to Armenia. For more than ten years Atken was Dean of Extension Studies at the American University of Armenia (AUA). Since its inception in 1992, the Extension Studies program serves as the AUA’s principal interface with the community.
After leaving the American University of Armenia in 2006, Atken joined the French University in Yerevan where he started work in getting international accreditation with the European standards authorities. Read All
Violinist Sergey Khachatryan in Abu Dhabi
One of the greatest violinists of the younger generation, award-winning Sergey Khachatryan will perform as soloist in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Cnecerto at 8pm, on 10 January 2009, in the Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi.
This will be part of Abu Dhabi Classics January 2009 program, organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach).
Another well known performer on the same evening will be internationally acclaimed Russian conductor Maxim Shostakovich. He will feature his father’s Fifth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. During the course of his exile in the United States, Maxim Shostakovich appeared with most of the leading North American orchestras. He has recorded all of his father Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies and initiated a major Shostakovich Festival in London's famous Royal Albert Hall. Real All