October 17, 2017

State National Academic Choir of Armenia performs at Tatev

The choir performed works by Komitas, Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Makar Yekmalyan and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

As part of Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation’s Tatev Revival project, the State National Academic Choir of Armenia gave a concert at Tatev Monastery yard on October 16, 2017.

Conducted by USSR People's Artist, art director Hovhannes Chekijian, the choir performed works by Komitas, Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Makar Yekmalyan and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

“Tatev is an amazing construction. Although I have been here plenty of times, this was our choir’s first performance at the site. The 1111-year-old monastery embraced us with its unique warmth. It’s also notable that October 16 marks the 7th anniversary of Wings of Tatev aerial tramway,” maestro Chekijian commented. 

The concert attended by the residents of nearby communities, as well as numerous guests and tourists from Armenia and abroad, belongs to the initiative aimed to revive Tatev’s spiritual and cultural life.

“Historical records describe Tatev Monastery as the cradle of Armenian spiritual music. Today, the concert performed by the State National Academic Choir of Armenia is the logical continuation and a perfect example of centuries-old traditions,” Reverend Father Ter Mikayel Vardapet Gevorgyan said.

Manager of cultural projects at IDeA Foundation Eleonora Malkhayan remarked: “This concert was a unique experience that combined the past and the present. Both Tatev Monastery and the State National Academic Choir of Armenia carry specific cultural values not only for Armenians but for the whole world. The choir conducted by maestro Chekijian appeared on the best stages, while Tatev Monastery itself and the Tatev Revival project united people of different nationalities and religions. This event was destined to take place, offering an exceptional opportunity for the locals and guests.”

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