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DISCOVERING THEIR HERITAGE THROUGH MUSIC

 

 

 

AGBU Musical Armenia Program (MAP), the newest of AGBU’s summer youth programs, celebrated its third birthday this summer. The third season of the program brought 12 talented Diaspora-Armenian musicians from the USA, Canada, Cyprus, Great Britain, Syria, Russia and Uruguay. The three-week program included individual master classes given by the most renowned professionals, lectures by well-known professors, various cultural events and sightseeing. At the end of the program participants also performed during their own Gala Concert. Since its establishment, the Musical Armenia Program has hosted 30 talented Diaspora-Ar-menians some of whom have stayed on after the program or have returned to live and work in the Homeland. The 3rd Musical Armenia Program took place between July 14-August 4. This year’s participants played the violin, viola, kanon, flute, guitar, piano and vocals. Joint classes and individual master classes were given by such renowned artists as Armen Tutunjyan, Hakob Jaghatspanyan, Lilit Pipoyan, Tsovinar Hovhannisyan, Mher Navoyan, Bagrat Vardanyan, Alexander Kosem-yan, Arthur Shahnazaryan, Tovmas Poghosyan, Lusine Grigoryan, Arusyak Sahakyan, Aram Hovhannisyan, Arman Abrahamyan and Hayk Arsenyan. “This program is a real discovery. I have working with AGBU as part of this program for three years and have had the opportunity to meet many talented Armenian musicians. Some of them really need help and guidance, others are already established musicians, yet they participate in order to get that truly unique experience of learning Armenian music in Armenia. I am glad to be a part of this wonderful program. Culture is the best way to connect Diaspora-Armenian youth and the Homeland, as there is so much love in culture. Only art can bring people together and I truly get attached to each and every one of my students” said violinist Bagrat Vardanyan, pro-fessor at Yerevan State Conservatory. For three continuing weeks, participants of the program became a part of the cultural landscape of the Homeland. They attended concerts, met renowned musicians and artists, performed with their talented peers, participated in various events and went sightseeing. Program participants study in various conservatories and musical institutions around the world; however the best place to learn Armenian music is naturally Armenia.