PostClassical Ensemble Annual Gala

SAVE THE DATE: February 19, 2019, at The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia

FESTIVAL LAUNCH GALA DINNER/CONCERT WITH NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN

Kevork Mourad
Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigor Hovhannissian, Honorary Diplomatic Co-Chair

ARMENIAN FESTIVAL LAUNCH GALA

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Reception at 6:30
Concert at 7:15
Dinner at 8:15

Join us for an evening inaugurating PostClassical Ensemble’s Spring 2020 Armenian Festival, featuring Narek Hakhnazaryan, composer Vache Sharafyan, and artist Kevork Mourad in events at the National Gallery of Art and the Washington National Cathedral.

This Dinner & Concert Gala event at the Armenian Embassy is hosted by Ambassador Varoujan Nersesyan and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT TABLE PURCHASE PLEASE CONTACT MATTHEW GARDNER AT GALA@POSTCLASSICAL.COM OR (240) 630-4322

~ program ~

BACH Suite No. 1 for solo cello: Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue
LIGETI Sonata for cello solo
KHODOYAN Sonata No. 1 for cello solo
KODALY Duo for violin and cello: Finale

ABOUT NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN:

“His playing was like a perfectly honed signature, every flourish and curl executed with elegant ease.” — The Times (UK)

“He launched into Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with a tone whose beauty shone all the more brightly for its restraint. Every nuance of this subtle work was lovingly observed, and when he did let rip it was with blazing virtuosity. . . . He could certainly give Yo-Yo Ma a run for his money.” — The Independent (UK)

Festival Committee:

Aso O. Tavitian, Chair
Joe & Joyce Philibosian Stein
Annie Simonian Totah
Irene Roth
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Ida Tjeknavorian
Amb. Varujan Nersesyan, Honorary Diplomatic Co-Chair, Launch Gala Host
Amb. Grigor Hovhannissian, Honorary Diplomatic Co-Chair
Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Honorary Guest

Kevork Mourad's Sound of Stone currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's ARMENIA! exhibit

ABOUT PCE’s SPRING 2020 ARMENIAN FESTIVAL

THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES: An Armenian Odyssey

For fifteen years, PostClassical Ensemble – now Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral – has singularly pursued music as an instrument for mutual understanding. This has taken the form of festivals illuminating the interface between cultures; a typical example is our ongoing exploration of the impact of Indonesian gamelan and dance on the Western tradition.

As frequently, we have undertaken cross-disciplinary inquiries into the cultural history of a nation; a typical example is our ongoing “Iberian Mystics” project, tracking the confluence of Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic influences on Spanish music, literature, and visual art.

With its long and distinguished cultural heritage, and its heroic national saga of struggle and resilience, Armenia offers a rich opportunity for the kind of programming we do.

Our Spring 2020 Armenian festival, “The Color of Pomegranates,” takes its title from Sergei Parajanov’s classic 1968 film, inspired by the iconic Armenian bard Sayat-Nova. A poetic meditation saturated with music, dance, and religious iconography, it will celebrate the endurance of Armenian culture in the teeth of oppression and persecution.

The festival will comprise film events at the National Gallery of Art and a multi-media Armenian immersion experience at the Washington National Cathedral, featuring Narek Hakhnazaryan and the Armenian artist Kevork Mourad.

SYNOPSIS FROM THE ARTIST: KEVORK MOURAD

Born in northeastern Syria of Armenian heritage, I – like Sayat-Nova – grew up in a culture of multilingualism and close borders. I later studied in Yerevan. I now live in Manhattan.

I love the idea of crossing borders, of traveling from place to place and easily becoming someone else—becoming a local wherever you are. In today’s climate of isolationism and xenophobia, it’s important to remember that multi-culturalism is not a new aspiration – it was a natural state that enriched everyone’s life.

My “Armenian Odyssey” production for the Washington National Cathedral, with music by Vache Sharafyan and the further participation of Narek Hakhnazaryan and other Armenian performers, will explore the idea of how Sayat-Nova, who belonged to four different cultures, took from one culture to move on and explore another, then took from the two he had and moved to the next, then carried those three into yet another place…

Using live and pre-animated drawing, and invoking Sayat-Nova’s poetry in the Armenian that was one of his languages, the piece is an exploration of how the sharing of cultures—of music and poetry—can inspire tolerance.
–Kevork Mourad

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