Days of Choral Arts Program of 3rd “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival kicks off

On August 5, the grand opening ceremony of the Days of Choral Arts Program of the 3rd “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival was held at Aram Khachaturian Grand Concert Hall and featured performances by Armenian choirs from Russia, Georgia, Lebanon, Egypt, Estonia, Syria, Iran, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. The “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia.

The first to perform was Shogher Choir of Russia, followed by Georgia’s Nerses Shnorhali Choir, Artik’s children’s choir, Lebanon’s Ayg Youth Choir, Artsakh’s Varanda Choir, Egypt’s Arax Choir, Estonia’s Yerazank Choir, Syria’s Ovsanna Choir, Iran’s Tatev Choir, Vanadzor’s chamber choirs, as well as the Zorakan Ensemble of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

The concert ended with a performance by the State Academic Choir of Armenia, which performed Komitas’s song “Kali Yerge” under the direction of the choir’s artistic director and principal conductor Ohannes Chekidjian, after which all the participating choirs joined the State Academic Choir of Armenia and sang Alexander Harutyunyan’s song “Hayrenikis Het” (With My Homeland).

At the end, Deputy Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Srapionyan greeted the participants and wished them success on behalf of RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan. “Dear compatriots, we welcome you to the Homeland. We are happy to see the looks of excitement on your faces. Welcome! The festival dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic provides you with an opportunity to receive more strength and soul food in the Homeland. Performing in Armenia serve as not only an opportunity for you to show your talent and knowledge, become widely popular and establish closer ties with each other, but also show that you carry out pro-national activities.”

The Days of Choral Arts Program will be held in Yerevan and Armenia’s provinces from August 5 to 10.

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