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30 11 2012
Cannons thunder, but muses are not silent

 


Published on 28.11.2012

It is the second time during nine years that Armenian and Jewish audience has a possibility to participate in a concert of famous Armenia singers, playing works of Armenian composers at Tel Aviv national concert hall. Though Jewish audience could not understand the lyrics of the songs, it vigorously welcomed all the performances.
 

It is almost impossible for Armenians in Israel to have a possibility to participate in a live concert of Armenian classical music. At least, it was the second time during nine years that we had a chance to take part in a wonderful event. What was surprising? Recanati Hall of Tel Aviv National museum was almost full of Armenian and Jewish audience despite the war and bombings. Ignoring the risk of any moment possible bombing, people hurried to Tel Aviv from various cities. The success of the concert that took place in Jerusalem, Haifa and at the end in Tel Aviv under the leadership of Jerusalem Camerata Ensemble and Armenian conductor Aram Kgharabekyan could not be possible to imagine without the brilliant performance of Armenian singer Anna Mailyan.

The concert was organized by Jewish composer Josef Baradanashvili from Georgia and Jerusalem Camerata Ensemble Leadership and it is not accidental, that the title of the concert was “Between Ararat and Caucasus”. Compositions of Komitas, Aleksandr Harutyunyan, Tigran Mansuryan and Eduard Mirsoyan were performed during the concert.
 

We interviewed composer Nubar Aslanyan about the Armenian concert in Tel Aviv. “When cannons thunder, muses keep silent. But today it’s the other way round. Muses exist and cannons do not. And this is commendable. We must also praise the courage of people and their love towards Armenian music”. The warmth of the audience was obvious. Jewish people could not understand Armenian but welcomed each performance with exclamations. “My suite for wooden brass quartet and piano entitled “In the mountains” was performed in Jerusalem in 2003. And just imagine that after the performance I was surrounded by people who told me: “This is ours, this is ours”. Because of the similarity between Armenian and Jewish frets, they thought that my music was Jewish. Thus, this is the source of love, respect, awareness and perception of Jewish people towards Armenian music”.

 

Artiom Chernamorian

Translation from Armenian by Amalia Harutyunyan

http://www.azatutyun.am/media/video/24783838.html



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