Well done and bis: the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the famous violinist Sergey Khachatryan perform at the Dubai Opera – Panorama


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The air was filled with the sounds of high-quality Armenian music at the Dubai Opera on September 5th. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), led by its artistic director and principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan, and world-renowned violinist Sergey Khachatryan brilliantly performed the Violin Concerto by renowned Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian in the luxurious Dubai Opera .

The performance drew cries of “Bravo! ” public. For a long time, the foreign audience did not allow the soloist and the conductor to leave the stage. In response to the applause, Sergey Khachatryan performed “Havun, Havun” by Gregory of Narek, filling the Dubai Opera with medieval Armenian melodies.

Aram Khachaturian wrote the concerto in 1940. It has been performed on various stages around the world, being highly regarded by the public.

Speaking to Panorama.am, Sergey Khachatryan, also thanks to whom Armenia and Armenian culture are known, confessed that he loved the Khachaturian Violin Concerto and that he had performed the composition in different countries of the world. .

“I am glad that we can participate in such an international festival with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra today also and present the masterpieces of Armenian composers to a foreign audience,” he said.

When asked if the nationality of a musician performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto made a difference, the violinist replied that there was probably a difference, perhaps adding that Armenians, knowing Armenian music and carrying it in their genes, interpret it differently.

“If you grew up listening to Armenian classical music, you are familiar with national music, you have these elements of folk music in your mind, you understand it better, but of course foreigners can also perform the concerto with brio, ”Khachatryan said.

Referring to other programs, the violinist said that there were no specific concerts planned yet, but that he planned to come to Armenia by the end of the year to perform for amateurs. of art. Sergey Khachatryan has not disclosed any other plans, claiming they are still on his mind and have yet to materialize.

Sergey Smbatyan in turn said that the orchestra has performed at the Dubai Opera on several occasions. “A long awaited concert with Sergey Khachatryan took place in Dubai. We have played a lot here, every concert is unique and this concert is no exception,” he said.

Speaking about the InClassica festival, Sergey Smbatyan said that it is one of the biggest musical events, adding that participation in such festival is a great achievement for the orchestra.

“I think participating in such an international festival is a success. The orchestras that perform at the festival are among the top 20 symphony orchestras in the world and, I think, it is a great achievement for the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. to perform here with them, ”Smbatyan said.

In addition to participating in the festival, participants of the final stages of the International Piano Competition “Classical Piano” organized within the framework of the InClassica Festival shared the stage with ASSO, which, according to its manager, was a responsible task.

Note that Sergey Smbatyan will conduct 10 concerts with other orchestras and soloists as part of the InClassica Festival.

Note, the concert of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Sergey Khachatryan took place as part of the 10th InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai. The special 10th anniversary edition of the festival is organized by the European Foundation for the Support of Culture (EUFSC) in partnership with the SAMIT Event Group.

The event’s composer-in-residence is Alexey Shor. The festival brought together 37 exceptional musicians, 7 renowned orchestras and 12 renowned conductors. The international music festival InClassica runs until September 26.

Photos by Panorama.am and Alexei Molchanovsky.

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