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Armenia Culture News Digest for Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Here is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The important stories are the following:

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

February 11, 2020 – 16:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese has told the story of how Armenian-American professor of film Haig P. Manoogian inspired him to become a filmmaker.

“Having the asthma, I was not allowed to play sports, so everything came to me through movies on television,” Scorsese said in a video prepared by Rolex to promote excellence in filmmaking.

“I lived on Elizabeth street between Prince and Houston (in New York City – Ed.), but I never went to the West Side. And so I just went to the corner of Elizabeth and Houston, made a left and walked about six blocks and was in another universe.”

The future Oscar-winning director was accepted to the Washington Square College which was part of NYU (New York University).

“And so I attended this orientation day — this was an eye-opening situation — and this gentleman got up and spoke with such passion and such energy about cinema. I became part of the cult. His name was Haig Manoogian,” he said.

“Haig really inspired us. He pushed us and he cajoled us, he beat us down and he built us back up again. He set a fire in our hearts. It’s one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.”

Scorses said that his experience with Manoogian led him to becoming a guide for other young people coming up to him.

Manoogian is the author of the book “The Film-Maker’s Art”, published in 1966.

Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull”, a winner of two Academy Awards, was dedicated to the Armenian teacher.

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Armenian Soprano Dazzles at Dresden Event

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan dazzled the audience at the SemperOpernball 2020 festival in Dresden on Friday with a dramatic performance of Tatiana’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opera.

Mantashyan became a household name last month after SemperOpernball organizers reneged her invitation when a Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov said he would not perform with the Armenian soprano because of her ethnicity. After many protests and confrontation from Mantashyan’s agents, the singer was reinstated to the program

“I am happy that the performance took place and reached its logical and triumphant end,” Mantashyan told Armenpress after the event.

Yerevan Komitas State Consevatory lecturer Margarite Sargsyan shared a video of Mantashyan’s performance on Facebook, and praised the soprano. “This was truly brilliant. Well-done….This is our school,” she said.

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Other musicians who performed at the concert included violinist Pavel Milyukov, soprano Yulia Muzichenko and pianist Alexander Kashpurin, as well as the Azerbaijani Eyvazov.

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11th Armenian Composition Art Festival kicks off in Yerevan

The 11th Armenian Composition Art Festival kicked off in Yerevan with the joint concert of the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia and the National Academic Choir of Armenia.

The festival is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of composer Alexander Arutiunian.  The opening concert  featured the composer’s vocal-symphonic poem A Legend about the Armenian People  (soloists: Berj Karazian – tenor, Hovsep Nshanyan – baritone and Samvel Topalyan – reciting) and Cantata about the Motherland.

 The concert was conducted by Hovhannes Chekijyan.

The next concerts will feature works of various genres from Alexander Arutiunian
‘s rich heritage. The festival will also feature works by contemporary Armenian

The State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia is the organizer of the Armenian Composition Art Festival. It is held with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. The artistic director of the festival is conductor Sergey Smbatyan.

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"Parasite" becomes first non-English language film to win best picture

February 10, 2020 – 10:44 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The film “Parasite”, director Bong Joon-ho and his team walked away from the Academy Awards with a number of major awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.

Bong used his time on stage to praise his fellow director nominees, including Martin Scorsese, who received a standing ovation during Bong’s speech, The Verge says.

Brad Pitt, Taika Waititi, Renee Zellweger, and Laura Dern continued their season of award winnings, taking home respective prizes for Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” both took home multiple awards for achieving excellence in technical categories like Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Elton John won the prize for Best Original Song for his work on “Rocketman”.

“Joker”, which earned the most nominations for any individual movie, only secured two awards — Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir.

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Parasite makes Oscars history as first foreign language film to win best picture

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize.

Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker.

Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.

Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three.

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Today on Twitter

Here are several tweets about Armenia. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

Karina Movsesyan 🇦🇲🇪🇺– became the winner of the 29th #EuropeanUnion Contest for Young Scientists #EUCYS and received the title of the “Youngest Scientist of European Union.” She discovered a mechanism which prevents the development of #cancer tumors. #WomenInScience

#ECHR ruling once again demonstrates that #Azerbaijan is overtly violating its intl #humanrights obligations. It also indicates that every #Armenia’n who would fall under AZE authorities control, regardless of status, is subjected to life threat @ECHR_CEDH

Important conversation on #education & adolescent girls, with Bono of @U2 and @ONECampaign, Mary Robinson, Chair of @TheElders. Quality #education for all named N1 priority by @antonioguterres. Armenia🇦🇲 is committed to equal access to education #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience


🇦🇲 Only 50 farmers have signed up for a new agricultural insurance scheme despite the fact the government has promised to pay half the costs. #armenia #agriculture

FROM THE #ARCHIVES: students of the #Yerevan State Conservatory on a strike in support of the #KarabakhMovement. Protest signs including “Artsakh – the Conservatory is with you” visible on the building. 1988.

Yestreday, MEP #CostasMavrides hosted a conference with the title “The forgotten #refugees: What Happened to the #Armenians of #Baku?” in the @Europarl_EN.
Keynote speakers were #BaronessCarolineCox, @AnnaATurcotte and David Babaev.
Press Release👇


Today on Facebook

Here are some of the Facebook posts about Armenia. Reach out to us on Facebook if you want to be included in this list. We share posts occasionally.

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