Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Armenia 100: Honoring Armenian Cultural Arts in Commemoration of the Genocide Centenary

Armenia 100: Honoring Armenian Cultural Arts in Commemoration of the Genocide Centenary is a musical, theatrical, and artistic tribute to Armenian culture created by composer and acclaimed pianist Judith Lynn Stillman. Staged at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College, the multimedia performance was taped and makes its television debut on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m., with encore broadcasts on Saturday, May 14 at 12:30 a.m., and Sunday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing series Rhode Island Stories. (Please note earlier start time for Sunday's broadcast). The documentary also airs on Learn on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at 3 a.m. Thursday, May 19 at midnight, and Friday, May 20 at 2 a.m.

Judith Lynn Stillman
The sweeping concert event combined visual and performance artists, with works by Armenian composers, played by Armenian musicians, and sung by Armenian vocalists. The focal point is the premiere of Stillman's original composition, "When the Music Stopped," which combines narration with evocative music, exploring the horrors of genocide and emerging as a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit and Armenian culture.

A performance review published in Armenia Weekly paints lavish and vivid details that evoke the sense of being in the audience. Tune in to experience it for yourself on Rhode Island PBS and Learn.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air on 36.1; Rhode Island cable: Cox cable 08/1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08/508HD, Full Channel 08; Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD (Comcast SD subscribers check local listings for channel), Verizon FiOS 18/518HD; satellite: Dish 36/7776, DirecTV 36.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on 36.2; Rhode Island cable: Cox 808, Verizon 478, and Full Channel 109; Massachusetts cable: Comcast 294 or 312.