Concert on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Jewish Community of Armenia
The Jewish Community of Armenia held a festive concert dedicated to its 30th anniversary. The event took place in the State Russian Drama Theatre named after K. Stanislavsky in Yerevan on 26th October 2021 with the help of the grant from European Jewish Fund.
The concert was attended by Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin, U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Armenia Chip Laitinen, U.S. Embassy Political Counselor Christina Hansell, Ambassador of Israel to Armenia Eli Belotserkovsky and Honorary Consul of Israel to Armenia Ashot Shahmuradian as well as leaders of ethnic minority communities of Armenia.
The President of the Jewish Community of Armenia Rimma Varzhapetyan who has held this position for 25 years opened the concert with a welcome speech thanking the sponsors of the event. Chief Rabbi of Armenia Gersh Burshtein and President of the Menorah Jewish Cultural Center Willi Weiner were also invited on stage to greet the participants. The presidents of the national minority communities delivered congratulations on the occasion of the anniversary. Greetings from the Armenian government were also read out.
Two videos were shown during the event: “Sorrowful Memory to Those Gone” about the people who passed away and a 5-minute film about the activities of the community, the projects that have been implemented over the years, the daily life and holidays of the Jewish Community of Armenia.
The concert featured a lot of Jewish music, a medley of Jewish songs (Adon Olam, Violin Plays, Ba Mir Bistushein, Ine Mav U Manim and others) was performed by the Golden Voices vocal studio. The dance groups performed Jewish dances “Hava Nagila,” “7.40,” “Hasidic Dance” by Willie Weiner and several Armenian dances. There was also Jewish music played on the clarinet performed by famous Armenian clarinettist Sevad Shgoyan.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of those perished in the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and in memory of the soldiers who died in the recent 44-day war. The prayer was sung by composer Willie Weiner. His music was also used in all video clips shown during the evening.
In conclusion, all participants were called on stage, they were given certificates of appreciation and souvenirs. At the end of the evening, the songs “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” and “Armenia” were performed by Diana Asatryan, a laureate of international contests, graduate of the Yerevan Conservatory and a member of the Jewish community. The concert ended with a buffet dinner and fireworks.