Elegy. To the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide
Centuries-old musical culture of Armenian people includes folk, classical, spiritual, variety genres, and all of them will be presented at the concert. Soloists from the Armenian Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre named after A. Spendiarov will come especially for this concert. Compositions by Komitas – the founder of the National Composer’s school of Armenia, arias from operas by Tigranian will be performed at the concert. It’s impossible to imagine Armenian music without creative work of Aram Khachaturian and Arno Babajanian. Khachaturian wrote series of major virtuosic pieces. In 1936 Piano concerto opened this list. In 1940 it was followed by so popular now Violin concerto, and then Concerto-rhapsody for cello and orchestra. Khachaturian was called classic even during his life-time. Practically all his compositions became the part of golden fund of world and Russian art. Arno Babajanian is known, first of all, as the author of incredibly popular songs, which are more than half a century loved by several generations of the audience. Also, the composer created a number of pieces in classical and musical theatre genres.
Karen Durgaryan graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory. In 1997 trained at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Professor I. Mousin. In 1996 – Music Director of the “Britten and Armenia” Festival in Yerevan. Since 2001 – Chief Conductor of the Armenian State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 2002 – conductor of the Armenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The musician performs abroad as well, especially in Italy, where he has conducted at Teatro Lirico de Cagliari, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Since 2000 Karen Durgaryan collaborates with famous Lebanese singer Fairuz, in 2000-2006 maestro conducted the orchestra at her performances in Kuwait, Basel, Paris, Los Angeles, and Montreal. On May 26, 2006 maestro opened the XI “Musical Olympus” International Music Festival with St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Society Orchestra. Since 2008 Karen Durgaryan – Guest Conductor of Mikhailovsky Theatre, where he staged ballets Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian and Romeo and Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev.