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Union of Composers wants do more but lacks opportunities – chairman
At the one of the recent concerts the hall was full of people, with no place having been left, it means that our audience is again interested in music art and we should distribute our force and skills in a right way, chairman of Armenia's Union of Composers Aram Satyan told Nyut.am. He said there is a great wish to do more but there are no opportunities. In his words, if the art is paid same attention as army the attitude of the people will change as the art figures are too defending borders bu...
Hidden portrait 'found under Mona Lisa', says French scientist
An image of a portrait underneath the Mona Lisa has been found beneath the existing painting using reflective light technology, according to a French scientist. Pascal Cotte said he has spent more than 10 years using the technology to analyse the painting. He claims the earlier portrait lies hidden underneath the surface of Leonardo's most celebrated artwork. A reconstruction shows another image of a sitter looking off to the side. The Louvre Museum has declined to comment on his claims. In...
Armenian actress Varduhi Varderesyan passes away
Popular Armenian actress Varduhi Varderesyan has died at age 87. Born in Bucharest, Romania on March 19, 1928, Varduhi Varderesyan repatriated to Armenia in 1946, where she finished the studio of Leninakan Dramatical Theater (now Gyumri). She later worked in the same theater. From 1958 onwards, Varderesyan was a leading actress at the Sundukyan Drama Theatre of Yerevan. In 1988, she won the People's Artist of the USSR title. In 2002, Varderesyan was declared an honorary resident of Yerevan.
Exhibition dedicated to Armenian cultural heritage of Van and Vaspurakan opens i...
The collection of the material cultural heritage of Armenians of Van and Vaspurakan gathered in 1916 by Russian ethnographer Alexander Miller has became part of “World of Traditional Armenian Culture” exposition in Ethnography Museum of Russia. The collection is presented in the “Cultural Heritage of Western Armenia” the presentation of which took place in Meridian Gallery on October 26. Armenian Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan said that the catalogue has become a pass...
South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition
South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw. As well as prize money of €30,000 (£22,000. $33,600), this opens the way to performances in some of the world's best-known concert halls. The competition, held every five years, is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer. It has been a launching pad for many internationally-renowned pianists. Canadian Charles Richard...
Sheffield Cathedral welcomes Chapman brothers sculpture
A sculpture of a naked, bleeding man by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman has been installed in Sheffield Cathedral as part of a major city-wide exhibition. Cyber Iconic Man by the Chapman brothers, two of Britain's more hard-hitting contemporary artists, is in the cathedral's Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Works by Maurizio Cattelan and Turner Prize winners Douglas Gordon and Susan Philipsz are also in the cathedral. It is one of five venues showing works loaned by leading European collectors. The...
Disney's Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies at 84
The US actor Dean Jones, best known for his starring role in Disney's The Love Bug, has died at the age of 84. He died of complications related to Parkinson's disease in Los Angeles. He performed as a TV and theatre actor, but his career was defined by Hollywood; appearing in 46 films, including 10 for Disney. He was one of Disney's major stars of the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in That Darn Cat!, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Beethoven. The Love Bug was his most successful film. He plays a ...
Council cuts put free museum entry in doubt
Council-funded museums and galleries across the UK are considering scrapping free entry as cuts bite, the head of the Museums Association has said. York Art Gallery will introduce a £7.50 entrance fee after the body that runs it had its council subsidy cut by 60%. That follows Brighton Museum and Art Gallery's decision to charge tourists. Museums Association president David Fleming said charging for entry was now on the agenda at many other venues that face local council funding cuts. ...
US novelist EL Doctorow dies at 84
EL Doctorow, critically acclaimed author of the novels Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has died aged 84 in a New York hospital, according to his son. Richard Doctorow said his father died of complications from lung cancer. He was known for works which re-imagine the American experience, placing fictional characters in recognisable historical contexts. US President Barack Obama paid tribute to him as "one of America's greatest novelists". The president tweeted: "his books taught me much, an...
Godfather actor Alex Rocco dies at 79
Alex Rocco, the US actor best known for his role in crime drama The Godfather, has died of cancer aged 79. Rocco played Moe Greene, the casino boss who angrily resisted a takeover attempt from rising mafia boss Michael Corleone and paid for it with a bullet through his eye. In a career spanning half a century, Rocco won an Emmy for his role in 1990s sitcom The Famous Teddy Z. He also voiced the studio boss behind Itchy and Scratchy in The Simpsons. More recently, he starred as Matt LeB...
Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman goes on sale
Copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited novel Go Set a Watchman are now on sale in UK bookshops, where it was released at midnight. The book is set 20 years after the events of Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, but was actually written beforehand. Watchman follows Scout, now known as 26-year-old Jean Louise, as she returns to her Alabama hometown from New York. It is the most pre-ordered book title on Amazon since the final Harry Potter. Publicity-shy author...
Omar Sharif, star of 'Doctor Zhivago', dead at 83
[caption id="attachment_416583" align="alignleft" width="300"] Egyptian actor Omar Sharif poses for a photograph during the presentation of his latest film entitled "Disparadme" at a hotel in Aviles, northern Spain, in this file photo from June 16, 2009. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso/Files[/caption] Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his portrayal of Doctor Zhivago in the hit 1966 film and for his work in "Lawrence of Arabia," died of a heart attack on Friday, his agent said. He was 83. Steve Kenis c...
US actress Diana Douglas dies aged 92
US actress and model Diana Douglas has died in Los Angeles aged 92, her family says. Ms Douglas appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including Planes, Trains and Automobiles, ER and The West Wing. She was the first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, and mother of actor Michael Douglas, and appeared with both in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family. She died of cancer in a retirement home on Friday, her husband of 15 years, Donald Webster, said. Born Diana Love Dill in Bermuda, Ms Douglas ...
Val Doonican, Irish singer, dies at 88
Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88. His family said he died "peacefully" at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. He had not been ill, but his daughter said his "batteries had just run out". The performer was a regular fixture on TV with The Val Doonican show which ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and guest artists. He was also rarely out of the UK charts in the 1960s and '70s with songs like Walk Tall and Elusive Butterfly. In th...
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