WATERTOWN, Mass.—On June 4, the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) will feature acclaimed singer Eva Medzorian in concert with pianist Gegham Markarian. The special event will take place at 8 p.m. in the museum’s third floor Contemporary Art Gallery, an intimate venue where music and art collide. ALMA will also offer complimentary museum admission from 7-8 p.m., giving concertgoers the chance to enjoy ALMA’s exhibits before the show.
Medzorian embraces a wide variety of stylistic interpretations, each one being quite different from the next. By infusing brilliant flavors that range from Bossa Nova to jazz lounge, Medzorian will offer refreshing approaches to many beloved Armenian and American classics.
Tickets for the upcoming show are $10 each. ALMA members pay $8 and receive priority seating. Advance reservations are encouraged and may be made by e-mailing [email protected], calling (617) 926-2562, or pre-purchasing tickets on www.almainc.org.
Medzorian’s CDs will also be available for sale during the concert, with all CD proceeds benefitting Ajakits / Helping Hands, a non-governmental organization in Gyumri, Armenia that provides safe houses for women.
ALMA is located at 65 Main St. in Watertown. Parking is available in the municipal lot located directly behind ALMA.
The following is a description of exhibits currently being featured at ALMA.
“Fabric of a Culture: Traditional Armenian Costumes”
Mannequins have turned into muses in this new textile exhibit that features more than 20 authentic Armenian costumes from the late 19th century to 1915. It’s the largest North American display of authentic Armenian costumes from that period and explores the regional style of Armenian clothing from the district of Kessaria in the West to the mountains of the Caucasus in the East.
“Carved in Stone”
See the remarkable architectural models of iconic church designs by master craftsman Manoog Boyadjian of Chicago. Haghpat, Ejmiatsin, Hripsime, and Zvartnots are among the church models on view. Learn about the man, his work and the meaning of his models in the art culture of Armenia.
“Who Are the Armenians?”
All nations have a story to tell. The epic story of the Armenian people is a saga of perseverance, cultural triumphs and survival as a people throughout long periods of oppression, destruction, and genocide. Discover their amazing story and learn about this wonderful cultural heritage.
“The Armenian Musical Traditions”
Learn how religious, folk, troubadour, contemporary, and the unique Armenian American musical style played at picnics in the United States compose the world of Armenian music. The exhibit was made possible by contributions in memory of Frederick Margosian.
“Armenian Pottery Ceramics”
From 16th-century Iznik ceramics to 21st-century contemporary stoneware pieces, this exhibit showcases a wide breadth of ceramic vessels, plates, tiles, and ostrich-sized devotional eggs to provide a colorful survey of the history of Armenian pottery.