WATERTOWN — The Armenian Museum of America re-opened in June with revamped galleries of ancient and medieval artifacts, and two contemporary art exhibits in its Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries. Although the museum is open, it will continue to offer virtual programming for members and patrons in other cities.
The sixth online concert, “Past Meets Present,” will be shown online on Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PST). The concert series is supported by a grant from the Dadourian Foundation and is curated by Konstantin Petrossian, artistic director, composer, and conductor.
The performance features the young shvi player David Harutyunyan and Levon Babayan on dhol, accompanied by pianist Lusine Karapetyan. The trio will perform traditional Armenian songs in a video recorded in Armenia exclusively for the museum.
“The museum adapted quickly during the temporary closure last year,” explains Executive Director Jason Sohigian. “We worked on two tracks, updating our galleries and developing a major series of online programs including this concert series and a monthly virtual exhibition highlighting objects in our collection. The response to the online and in-person material has been great so we hope to continue in both directions.”
The virtual concert is free and pre-registration is not required. It will be available on the museum’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.
The museum’s upcoming monthly virtual exhibition will highlight objects donated to its collection by Dr. Paul and Vicki Bedoukian and by Dr. Robert and Gail Bedoukian. The gallery of images with descriptions will be available online on Thursday, August 12, under the “Exhibitions” tab of its website.