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Jun 1 2024

Fourth Annual Day of Armenian Music, Arts, and Culture

A group of Armenian folk ensemble musicians performing on stage, dressed in vibrant traditional costumes featuring patterned vests and aprons. The musicians are seated in a half circle, with various traditional instruments such as the kamancha, duduk, blul, oud, and dhol being played. In the center, there are two vocalists singing.
Schoenberg Music Building View Program

The fourth annual Day of Armenian Music, Arts, and Culture at UCLA will be a day-long festival spotlighting the depth and breadth of the Armenian Music Program through a variety of engaging events. The program will commence with a reading by poet and musician Raffi Joe Wartanian who teaches undergraduate writing at UCLA. Accompanied by music, the reading will be followed by a writing workshop with the artist. The day will unfold with a concert featuring performances by the Armenian Music Program's VEM fellows and their mentors. AMP's resident ensemble VEM quartet and VEM fellows and mentors in voice, duduk, shvi, kamancha, and the oud will offer a vibrant performance of Armenian repertoires in diverse styles. Following the concert, an outdoor community dance workshop will highlight azgagrakan (ethnographic) shourchbar's. Finally, the day will conclude with a film screening and discussion highlighting the Oscar-winning short documentary The Last Repair Shop and the short film Conversations with Woodwind Masters. The Q&A portion of our festival will be introduced and moderated by UCLA film professor Zareh Arevshatian.

12:00 PM - Poetry Reading & Workshop — Register Here! | Lani Hall

2:00 PM - Refreshments | Schoenberg Music Building

2:30 PM - Armenian Music Program Concert | Lani Hall

4:30 PM - Communal Dance Workshop | Fowler Museum Amphitheater

5:30 PM - Film Screening & discussion | Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum

8:00 PM -  Closing Reception | Fowler Museum Amphitheater

All events will be free and open to the public.


The Armenian Music Program at UCLA is an academic program dedicated to the study and performance of Armenian music. It offers public concerts, workshops, community outreach events, undergraduate courses on Armenian music and dance, and fellowships for UCLA students to study and perform the diverse styles and repertoires of Armenian music. The program is under the direction of Professor Melissa Bilal.

Like most of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s programs, this event is FREE! Register in advance for this event via the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.  Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Early arrival is recommended. Registrants receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event.

While Inside the Venue:

No Food or Drink allowed in the building.


This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.