Armenia, the center of Penderecki’s music


In 2018 we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the greatest artists of our time. From February 13 to February 17, Armenia will host the 4th International Jubilee Festival “Penderecki Days in Armenia”, dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th anniversary.

During the 4 concerts of the festival symphony and chamber compositions by composer will be performed. Armenian premieres will be presented too. For instance, the Violin Concerto No.2 “Metamorphosen” for Violin and Orchestra, as well as Symphony No.7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” will be presented to the Armenian audience for the first time.

It is noteworthy that the festival has brought together different Armenian collectives. Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan), Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Eduard Topchjan), Hover State Chamber Choir (Choirmaster: Sona Hovhannisyan), as well as famous foreign artists will perform within the festival.

The great composer will honor the festival with his presence. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (formerly the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia) and conductor Sergey Smbatyan have already established cooperation with Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki.

Within the framework of the Jubilee festival dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th anniversary the Armenian audience will enjoy Penderecki’s amazing Symphony No.7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem”, performed by Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Both the Armenian connoisseurs of the music and the professionals are looking forward to the premiere of the composition.

The orchestra performed composer’s compositions on different stages. During his visits to Armenia, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (State Youth Orchestra of Armenia) performed under the direction of Penderecki.

It is noteworthy that many years ago Krzysztof Penderecki, who has been following the activities of the orchestra, as well as performed with the collective, predicted a significant future for the ASSO.

Thus, the organizers of the festival and the musicians promise high-class academic music evenings to the Armenian audience who appreciate classical music.


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