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Photographs with Commentary by Debra Jan Bibel
 


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The photographs in the first section were taken during an earlier free afternoon. In the morning of this very busy day for the tour, we visit atop the hill Tsitsernakaberot for the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum. In the afternoon, we visit a music school for children and see them perform alone and with members of the Yuval Ron Ensemble. Then we visit and have lunch at a rug factory. The evening is the grand concert of the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia,  the second half, the Yuval Ron Ensemble beginning the fête. Finally, we dine with other musicians providing background music, Armenian and American.


Every place is downtown Yerevan is walking distance and this is the area around the Opera House / Theatre, which we will enter in the evening. 

More musical ornamentation on the surrounding iron fence. Theatrical ornamentation. Advertising for forthcoming opera Manon.  Opera Square/Park. The building consists of two halls: The Aram Khachaturian Hall (1,400 seats) and the  Alexander Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Theatre (1,200 seats). A forthcoming symphony concert.
Sayat-Nova, Armenia poet and musician, whose monument and tomb were encountered in Tblisi.

This is his monument in Yerevan.

 

Public art sculpture of figure formed out of Armenian alphabet.

In the adjacent park, a sculpture from the Armenian community of Amsterdam to Yerevan, for its 2,800th anniversary of founding.

In the park, this amusingly pretentious bar.

 

Inviting path in the park.

It is a popular place. 

Within the park is a children's amusement section. The center includes a train, of course.
Across the street is this statue of Armenian-American author and playwright William Saroyan (e.g.,The Human Comedy & The Time of Your Life).
 
The limestone Cascade of      750 steps, and Cafesjian Museum of the Arts. A color-lit fountain array 
One of the outdoor cafes, with figure sculptures. A different cafe with additional figure sculptures. A third cafe; figure sculptures inside and above the circle. The series of adjacent cafes includes this bar.  

And this seating area.

Weird street musicians. The fusion of North, Central, and South American Indian attire and instruments plus Armenian fabric. The fellows were from the Andes and were present in Yerevan for 6 months, playing with  New Age backup electronics. The Armenians had no clue that they were utterly unauthentic, though colorful.

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Constructed in 1967, the Armenian Genocide Monument & Museum.

The spire. The monument was design by architects Arthur Tarkhanyan, Sashur Kalahyan, and artist Howhannes Khachatryan. A leaning wall. The tall pyramid proved otherwise, being split into two sections.
Eternal flame.

The symbol is ancient and representative of Armenia; it means eternity and is associated with the "forget-me-not" flower, a symbol for genocide remembrance.
A striking view. Another interesting image. The 12 slabs represent the 12 lost provinces now part of Turkey.  A variation of previous image. The monument was well designed as it allows some gripping photographs. A different angle. Many intriguing views. 

Adjacent to the Monument is a group of evergreen groves, each tree with a plaque from governments and communities.
 Here from the Jewish Community.. This tree from the President of France.
Another portion of the grove.
This grid is used to create designs on the loom. As seen here, we are at the Megerian Rug Company.


Several rows of workers are at looms following the pattern using the colored fibers above them.
A different color array.
Finished rugs in the workroom. For inspiration?
In the showroom; some rugs are not for sale but museum quality. More carpets. Old classics.

Old and new patterns. An exhibit room. The sales room. We have lunch in the dining area surrounded by walls of rugs. The meal was delicious and the chef came honored. The audience is of parents, teachers, and tour members.

We are at the school for young musicians. The school is in addition to the regular education system.
Members of the Yuval Ron Ensemble perform first. Dhol drummers. Women trio play the qanun with young drummer. The group of young musicians. A powerful duet; the lad is already a wonder.

Inside symphony hall. Ceiling close-up. Decoration, variant of the Armenia eternity symbol. Organ pipes. Yuval confers with photographers and concert staff. The orchestral of the National Dance Ensemble. The night honors especially duduk player Yeghish Manoukian, Norik's brother.
One of the many dance numbers. [Full video in DVD collection.] The Yuval Ron Ensemble is introduced. [Full video in DVD collection.] After the concert, it is time for dinner. Table 1. Table 2.. Wall decor: food and drink.
       
Musicians play Armenian and American tunes while we ate. Walking back to the hotel, I encountered this spider sculpture.     Return to Index

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