Commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide
Every year on April 24 in Armenia and in the diaspora is celebrated as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide "in the Ottoman Empire.
Traditionally, on this day, millions of Armenians and representatives of other peoples in different countries of the world sympathizing with them pay tribute to the victims of the Genocide that killed about 1.5 million Armenians or about half of all Armenians in the world at that time.
On this memorable day, laureates of international competitions Anna Muradyan (soprano), Vardan Harutyunyan (duduk) and titular organist of the Cathedral, laureate of international competitions Mansur Yusupov will appear on the stage of the Cathedral.
Anna Muradyan (soprano) - graduated from the Music School. Gnesinyh in Moscow. In 2013 she took part in the festival Les Azuriales in Nice, and in 2016 she became a finalist at the International Opera Singers Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya in Moscow. From 2017 - Atkins Fellow at the Mariinsky Theater.
Vardan Harutyunyan (duduk) - Winner of the International Competition. Komitas. Graduated from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in duduk class. He conducts active concert and teaching activities, performs at prestigious concert venues in Russia, cooperates with many outstanding musicians and groups of the country.
The program will feature works by Komitas, Makar Yekmalian and Mikael Tariverdiev.
2019 is the year of the 150th anniversary of the outstanding Armenian composer, musicologist, folklorist, singer Komitas (real name Soghomon Soghomonyan - 1869-1935). Komitas taught music at the Echmiadzin Theological Seminary, at the same time he created a choir, an orchestra of folk instruments, worked on folk songs, wrote the first studies on Armenian church music. In different countries of the world, he performed as a performer and propagandist of Armenian music and, as the researchers of his work write, "could raise the national music to the level of choral academic art."
Komitas witnessed the destruction of the color of the Armenian nation in 1915 and was never able to recover from the shock. Subsequent work is saturated with this tragedy, a further 20 years of extinction of the genius of Armenian music. And now Komitas is not only a significant part of Armenian culture, but also a symbol of the genocide surviving and of a resurgent Armenia.
The 150th anniversary of his birth is included in the UNESCO calendar "Outstanding people and important significant events" for 2018-2019
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