Saturday, September 29, 2012
Soghomon Gevorgi Soghomonyan (Սողոմոն Գևորգի Սողոմոնյան), commonly known as Komitas Vardapet (Կոմիտաս Վարդապետ, by Western Armenian transliteration also Gomidas Vartabed) or simply Komitas (Gomidas) (born on September 26 or October 8a, 1869, in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire; died on October 22, 1935, in Paris, France) was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. Many regard him as the founder of modern Armenian classical music.
Komitas lost his mind after witnessing the 1915 Armenian Genocide and is considered a martyr of the genocide
· On Monday, October 1, 2012 you are invited to a presentation on the Life and Works of Komitas Vartabed on a DVD comprising more than 450 photographs, 100 video clips and 550 musical performances from various artists. Compiled and presented by Garegin Chugaszyan at the UC Center in Fresno. Yes we are invited to a presentation on the Life and Works of the GREAT Komitas Vartabed. You simply do not talk about Armenian Music without mentioning Komitas.
Unfortunately there is only limited showings and mostly on the West Coast, hopefully the early success of the movie will mean wider distribution.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Eddie Mekka aka Mekjian is now back to his first love Broadway, now staring in "Fiddler on the Roof"
He was one of the many TV stars that came to our schools "Fabulous 50's" fundraiser. Others were: Kathy Garver, Stan Livingston, Dawn Wells, Tony Dow and more. The shows they represented were: Make Room for Daddy, Laverne and Shirley, My 3 Sons, Gilligans Island, and more. As a founding member of the Lively Arts Foundation and promoter of the arts and education. I mentioned to Eddie he has some good moves. Here is a trip down memory lane.