“Armenian Song Day” concert dedicated to Komitas was held

On September 26, Komitas Chamber Music Hall of Yerevan hosted the “Armenian Song Day” concert dedicated to Komitas. The concert was held on the sidelines of the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

The musical event began with the showing of a video devoted to Komitas.

The master of ceremonies was Sargis Najaryan. The concert featured performances of Armenian folk, classical and popular songs.

Nareh from Lebanon performed Komitas’s song “Chinar Es”.

Sayat-Nova’s song “Kani Vur Janim” was performed by Sosseh Krikorian from Israel.

Arthur Baghdasarian from Turkey performed the song “Gusani Yerge”.

Afterwards, Christer Wikmark and Karine-Helman Gevorgyan from Sweden performed Komitas’s song “Hoy Nazan”.

Arno Babajanyan’s song “Yerevan” was performed by Stephanie Topalian from Japan.

Lebanese-Armenian Kevork Hajian performed Gusan Haykazun’s song “Piti Gnank Vagh Te Ush”.

The songs of Komitas and other composers were also performed by Adel Azroyan from Russia, Bethina Hovsepian from Iran, Vahe Tilbian from Ethiopia, Marina Berberian and Irena Kofman from the USA, Christer Wikmark from Sweden, Sar Sargsyan from Artsakh, as well as Arax Avagyan, Silva Petrosyan and Anna Poghosyan from Armenia.

Master of ceremonies Sargis Najaryan shared Panos Terlemezyan’s memories of Komitas.

Afterwards, RA Acting Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan gave a welcoming speech in which she stated the following: “Dear gathered, compatriots, in 2014, the RA Ministry of Diaspora laid the foundation for celebrating Komitas’s birthday, providing the opportunity to not only pay our respects to the Mesrop Mashtots of Armenian song, but to also consolidate Armenian performers of Armenia and the Diaspora under one roof. Today we are also wrapping up the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival, which was launched in July. Throughout the festival, 25 dance companies, 12 choirs, as well as singers and dudukists charmed us during the events that conveyed an inimitable feeling of culture. Today, thanks to you, we enjoyed listening to wonderful Armenian songs and became convinced once again that the warmness and familiarity of the Armenians is embodied in our national music that conveys strength to our communities and helps the generations grow up as Armenians, without being subject to influence of foreigners. Today we all admired the performance by Stephanie Topalian from Japan, who still doesn’t know Armenian, but performed Arno Babajanyan’s song “Yerevan” in Armenian with great sentimentality. I wish you more success and achievements. May the “My Armenia” Festival dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia and your days spent in the Homeland make you set new goals and come up with new ideas, contributing to the revitalization of cultural life in your respective communities and to the strengthening of the cultural partnership between Armenia and the Diaspora.”

After the concert, RA Acting Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan granted the “My Armenia” certificates and commemorative medals of the RA Ministry of Diaspora to the participants of the festival.

Let us mention that before the concert, a group of employees of the Ministry of Diaspora, under the leadership of RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan, had visited Komitas Pantheon and had laid flowers near the tomb of Komitas Vardapet.

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