Secrets of Armenia
Concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatory
June 2, 2015, Armenian classical music night Secrets of Armenia, dedicated to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide was held in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The event was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Department of Culture of Moscow. The evening was opened by the Head of the Secrets of Armenia project Mikael Ayrapetyan, who greeted the audience and noted that the tragedy of 1915-1923 is the deepest and most painful wound of the Armenian people, and it is important to honor the victims of the Genocide with musical art.
The concert program consisted of works of the greatest masters of classical music. A special place was given to the works of the outstanding Armenian composer Komitas, "Msho Shoror", "Kele, Kele", "Tsirani Tsar", performed by Alena Epikhina (tenor) and Mikael Ayrapetyan (piano). Musicians, again and again, addressed the work of the composer, because it was Komitas who witnessed those terrible events. Norahrash Ensemble, directed by Elena Beglaryan, performed "Harun a" and "Koehler Zoller", and the famous "Krunk" performed on violin by Vladimir Sergeev. Honored Artist of Russia, Honored Artist of the Armenia, music teacher, and famous pianist Maria Gambaryan performed works of her fellow student, famous Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian. No Armenian classical concert is complete without duduk - the most popular instrument. Dudukist Hovhannes Ghazaryan played a fragment from "Surb, Surb" Liturgy, also Ghazaryan’s "Lanjer Marjan", Avetisyan’s "Husher" and Amirkhanyan’s "Hai Acher". Crystal-clear voice of the laureate of international competitions Termine Zaryan sounded Narekatsi’s "Avun, avun", as well as Dolukhanyan’s "Tsitsernak" and Ayvazyan’s "Yerevan". The evening was also attended by Demyan Fokin (cello), Fyodor Vetrov (viola), Garush Vardanyan (tenor), Evgeny Bychkov (piano), Alexander Dvoryanov (piano), Yulia Ayrapetyan (piano), Christina Avanesyan (violin), Diana Avanesyan (piano). The concert ended with Arno Babadjanian’s and Alexander Harutyunian’s Armenian Rhapsody performed by Mikael Ayrapetyan and Grant Ayrapetyan on two pianos.