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Serj Tankian: “SYOA performs very well!”

17.10.2017

On October 17 Armenian-American rock singer and composer Serj Tankian attended the rehearsal of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. On October 19 the orchestra, headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will present Tankian’s Orca Symphony No. 1. Tankian was very impressed by the rehearsal and the way the orchestra performed his composition. “The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performs very well. I am very excited! I did some corrections during the rehearsal. It is a common thing for the composer to do so. I am very excited to be part of Khachaturian Festival and to see the orchestra”,-world famous Serj Tankian noted after the rehearsal. Orca Symphony No. 1 is presented in Armenia for the first time. The Armenian audience will have a chance to get acquainted with hard rock, alternative metal, art rock, folk rock artist Serj Tankian’s symphony. Tankian noted that it’s an honor for him that the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will perform his Orca Symphony within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. Orca Symphony No. 1 was recorded on October, 2012 in Austria, Linz. The symphony was released on June 25, 2013 as an album.  

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The Armenian premiere of the symphony by Serj Tankian will take place on October 19 (video)

16.10.2017

The 5th Khachaturian International Festival continues to present exceptional concerts. On October 19 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will present Orca Symphony No. 1 by Armenian-American rock singer and composer Serj Tankian. The composition is presented in Armenia for the first time. The Armenian audience will have a chance to get acquainted with hard rock, alternative metal, art rock, folk rock artist Serj Tankian’s symphony. Tankian noted that it’s an honor for him that the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will perform his Orca Symphony within the framework of the Khachaturian International Festival. Orca Symphony No. 1 was recorded on October, 2012 in Austria, Linz. The symphony was released on June 25, 2013 as an album. The musician said that he had written Orca Symphony as a way of talking about humanity, by comparing the orca – the human whale to the people. The four acts of the composition go through the lifespan of the orca. “The first movement is called Victorious Orcinus and it basically presents the life of the killer whale, how it is able to be victorious animal, how it is able to kill and achieve all the things possible in a physical manner on this planet. In the second act the orca decides to go underwater into the deep state of meditation and self-realization. Between the second and third movements the killer whale realizes that it itself is a dolphin. We call it killer whale but the actual species of the mammal, of the orca […]

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The Brass Ensemble of the Youth Orchestra had a unique concert within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival

14.10.2017

On October 13 Komitas Chamber Music House hosted a chamber music evening within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. The Brass Ensemble of the State Youth Orchestra performed for the public. The concert was a unique one, as the brass ensembles don’t often perform for the audience. The SYOA musician Garegin Ghazaryan (horn) noted that they have created an unusual combination of brass instruments and they are trying to present the music with the unique format. According to Garegin Ghazaryan there are not so many pieces composed for the brass ensembles. During the concert the musicians presented compositions both written for the brass instruments and the arrangements. Compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, Richard Wagner, Martin Ulikhanyan, Thad Jones were presented. Compositions by foreign composers for the brass quintet were also performed. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky, will present symphony and chamber concerts. The organizers of the festival provide invitations to the students of musical schools, military educational institutions, giving the opportunity to enjoy the concerts. The students of Monte Melkonian Military-Training School enjoyed performances of the Brass Ensemble at the Chamber Music House. You can watch the live streaming of the concerts of the Khachaturian Festival via https://www.khachaturianfestival.com/ website. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra – VivaCell-MTS), with the support of the Ministry […]

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John Malkovich presented excerpt from the “Book of Lamentations”: the Khachaturian festival launched with a unique concert

12.10.2017

The 5th Khachaturian International Festival launched with a unique concert program. Music and literature – the most powerful forms of the art were united on the stage of the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. And this unity was even more influential because it was presented by the greatest actor of our days John Malkovich! Accompanied by the orchestra Malkovich performed as a narrator. “Report on the Blind” chapter from Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel (with Armenian translation on the screen) jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. Pianist Anastasya Terenkova performed with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Hollywood legend surprised audience presenting English translation of the expert from the “Book of Lamentations” by Gregory of Narek, while the orchestra performed Symphony “Confession” by Vard Manukyan. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan noted that Malkovich wasn’t supposed to present Armenian literary work. The actor himself wanted to present something by Armenian writers. The organizers of the festival suggested Malkovich to present “Book of Lamentations” by Gregory of Narek, and they were surprised to find out that Malkovich is well aware of the medieval Armenian poet’s and philosopher’s art. Moreover, he knew which excerpt he wanted to present! According to maestro Smbatyan, the message of the concert is very important. “John believes that what happens between a format of music and music can change a person”,-Sergey Smbatyan noted. Symphony for Timpani and String Orchestra by Edward Mirzoyan (timpani solo by […]

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“A painful lesson”. John Malkovich laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide

10.10.2017

World famous actor John Malkovich wrote “A painful lesson” brief note in the memorial book of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. On October 10 John Malkovich, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan and the guests of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival visited Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial, got acquainted with the exhibits, with history, then laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. “I’m not sure whether I can say more than it has been said. This is just a painful lesson about what people do, what terrible thing they are able to do for absolutely stupid reasons ”, -Malkovich told reporters, adding that he is shocked by what he has seen and heard in the museum. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra the American actor will perform as a narrator. The audience will be suggested to taste “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. Pianist Anastasya Terenkova will perform as a soloist. Inspired by attitude of the Armenian fans and our hospitable country, John Malkovich prepared surprise specially for the Armenian audience. He will present expert from the “Book of Lamentations” by Gregory of Narek.

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Famous Hollywood actor John Malkovich is already in Armenia

10.10.2017

Famous Hollywood actor John Malkovich is already in Armenia. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia on October 11 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly will be presented with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. The orchestra will perform headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. “We presented this composition in Seoul for the first time, with Korean Chamber Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. We recently had a tour in Europe. Sergey, pianist Anastasya Terenkova and me had concerts in Argentine”,-John Malkovich noted during his press conference in Yerevan. Hollywood actor added that he had friends by Armenian origin in many countries; Sergey Smbatyan is also one of his friends. He noted that he was looking forward to visiting Armenia. Malkovich confessed that he isn’t familiar with Armenian history. “I know about Genocide. What can I say about it? People are capable of terrible actions”,-Malkovich noted.

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John Malkovich sent a video message to the Armenian public: “I am looking forward to see you” (video)

30.09.2017

Hollywood legend John Malkovich is looking forward to his Armenian concert. He has sent a video message to the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan and Armenian audience, and he is talking about the concert. “Hello, Sergey, it’s John Malkovich. I am here in quite rainy San Sebastian, in the best country – in Spain. I am going to see you soon. I look forward to that. We are coming into Yerevan I think throughout the 9th, and the show is on 11th. But anyway really looking forward to it! Hope to see you very soon. Chao”,-one of the greatest artists of our  generation noted in a video message. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra the American actor will perform as a narrator. The audience will suggested to taste the fantastic fusion of literature and music: “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. The official partner of John Malcovich’s exclusive concert is the legendary Ararat Armenian brandy. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky. The festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State […]

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Hollywood star legendary John Malkovich will perform at the opening ceremony of Khachaturian International Festival

25.09.2017

The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of Hollywood legend John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. John Malkovich and conductor Sergey Smbatyan has collaborated before successfully performing on the same stage in Seoul (2015) and in Buenos Aires (2016). Armenians will have the opportunity to communicate with the art of the world-famous actor thanks to Sergey Smbatyan. The official partner of John Malcovich’s exclusive concert is the legendary Ararat Armenian cognac. American actor, producer, director, screenwriter John Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra John Malkovich will perform as a narrator. The audience will suggested to taste the fantastic fusion of literature and music: “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke, one of the most eminent musical figures of the second half of the XX century. Soloist pianist – Anastasya Terenkova. The multi-genre program of the Khachaturian International Festival featuring symphonic and chamber concerts and numerous premieres will accompany the connoisseurs of classical music up to December 11, the Closing Ceremony. The program will include such long awaited projects as the Orca Symphony No. 1 by Serj Tankian and “Khachaturian meets jazz” concert series, as well as famous artists: pianists Gloria Campaner, Hayk Melikyan, Levon Karapetyan, violinists Davit Nebel, Marc Bouchkov, bass Vladimir Baykov are to be hosted under the festivals umbrella. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is […]

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Concert, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of “Armenians by origin” program

20.09.2017

On September 19 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by Sergey Smbatyan, performed at K. Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex within the framework of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference. The concert was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of “Armenians by origin” program. Famous musicians from Armenia and abroad Michel Legrand, Gor Sujyan, Sevak Khanagyan and others performed with the Orchestra. The evening was attended by politicians, priests, guests, participants of Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference.  

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5th Khachaturian International Festival will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Aivazovsky

20.09.2017

On October 11 the 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched. This year the festival is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky. The connoisseurs of classical music will enjoy numerous symphonic and chamber concerts within the framework of the Khachaturian International Festival for two months (until December 11). Premieres are expected too. Orca Symphony No. 1 by Serj Tankian, favorite “Khachaturian meets jazz” concert project and many other interesting programs will be presented. Famous artists, such as pianists Gloria Campaner, Hayk Melikyan, Levon Karapetyan, violinists Davit Nebel, Marc Bouchkov, soloist Vladimir Baykov (bass) will perform for the audience. Within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival concerts abroad will be organized. Kaunas Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania) will host a concert of the laureates of the 13th Khachaturian International Competition -Julietta Aleksanyan (soprano), Azamat Zheltyrguzov (baritone), Gagik Vardanyan (baritone). The festival will unite collectives from Armenia and abroad. Hover State Chamber Choir, Mediterranean Trio, Armenian Jazz Band, Ensembles of the State Youth Orchestra will perform for the audience. As always everyone can watch the concerts of the Khachaturian Festival via khachaturianfestival.com website. The festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra – VivaCell-MTS), with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA, the “Khachaturian” Foundation and the European Foundation for Support of Culture. More information about the festival on our official website khachaturianfestival.com  

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