Los Angeles, CA – April 12, 2018 – This April, both The Hammer Museum at UCLA and TriCoast Entertainment will host events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Tragedy.
The Hammer Museum at UCLA just announced the upcoming annual concert, “From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia, 2018”, to commemorate the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian tragedy at the Billy Wilder Theater on Wednesday, April 18th.
Co-presented by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Armenia’s rich musical history is brought to life by UCLA’s Armenian Music Ensemble, comprised of talented artists: mezzo-soprano, Danielle Segen, baritone Garrett Schoonover, alongside members of the VEM String Quartet: Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Niall Ferguson, Ji Eun Hwang and Morgan O’Shaugnessey. With introduction by Artistic Director, Violinist, and UCLA Music Professor, Movses Pogossian, “From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia, 2018”, will continue its commemoration for the 1915 Armenian Tragedy with features of lovely chamber music by Komitas Vardapet, a founder of Armenian modern classical music. Alongside will be compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Edward Mirzoian, Romanos Melikian, and Alan Hovhaness.
Photo: from ARPA Film Festival Instagram, supporting the program.
Shortly after the museum’s commemoration, TriCoast Entertainment is thrilled to continue the commemoration with the Los Angeles theatrical release of release Kara Kedi Films’ three-time award winning historical and emotional drama, ‘LOST BIRDS’.
Brought to the screen by five years of work from dedicated and persistent filmmakers, Ela Alyamac (‘Fairy Dust’) and Aren Perdeci, ‘LOST BIRDS’ is a revolutionary film for being the first Turkish film to tackle the 1915 Armenian tragedy.
Told through a touching and powerful narrative by young, innocent siblings who were left behind during the mass deportations of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, ‘LOST BIRDS’ is a children’s tale set against the backdrop of the First World War in a small Armenian village. The young children set out on a dangerous journey to find their mother and loved ones, who have disappeared from their Anatolian town.
“Lost Birds has a poignant story and great performances from the young actors, as well as stunning and poetic visuals with beautiful music that sings to the soul. It ends on a bittersweet note, which resonates with the audience for days. The film is a labor of love that has been hand crafted for every small detail. Armenian actors, all descendents of the Ottoman Armenians give natural yet very powerful performances, opening a window to a time gone by,” wrote Aida Takla O’Reilly for the Golden Globes, Foreign Language Films (HFPA).
Though an emotional and heartbreaking topic, there is magic in the fairytale aspect to ‘LOST BIRDS’, which provides the audience with the innocent views on culture, existence, and the lengths families will go to reunite and save their loved ones. ‘LOST BIRDS’ emphasizes family and love, especially during a time of violent conflict, giving the film a dose of magical realism.
‘LOST BIRDS’ stars several magnificent first-time actors, including the emotional capture of innocence through children eyes by Heros Agopyan as Bedo and Dila Uluca as Maryam. Alongside is Sarkis Acemyan as Grandpa Yetvart, Arto Arsenyan as Father Mesrop, and Takuhi Bahar as Kinar.
Streaming now on Amazon Prime and other VOD platforms, ‘LOST BIRDS’ will have a theatrical screening in Los Angeles, hosted by TriCoast Entertainment in Glendale, CA for Spring 2018 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian tragedy. For more information about the ‘LOST BIRDS’ screening in Los Angeles and to attend with press passes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about “From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia, 2018” presented by the Hammer Museum at UCLA, please visit:https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/04/from-the-highlands-to-the-concert-hall-classical-music-of-armenia-2018/.
LOST BIRDS (2017, 90 min.) Written and directed by Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci. Editor: Ela Alyamac, Aren Perdeci. Cinematographer: Aren Perdeci. Sound department: Eli Haligua, Burak Topalakci, Caglar Yesilay. US. English. Kara Kedi Films, TriCoast Entertainment.
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