The Color of Pomegranates

Produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Armenia

Produced and premiered by PCE March 4, 2020, at the National Cathedral, “Armenian Odyssey” is a unique concert work featuring live animation by Kevork Mourad and music by Vache Sharafyan. The cellist was Narek Hakhnazarian, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducted PostClassical Ensemble. It tells a story of diaspora and redemption.

“A pinnacle . . . spectacular” — Charles Downey, Washington Classical Review

“PostClassical’s The Gamelan Experience, in which two gamelan orchestras participated — demonstrating the influence of the Indonesian genre on European and American composers — was named the best classical music event of 2019 by Washington Classical Review. Though that performance was truly a unique spectacle, An Armenian Odyssey matched it as an audience-pleasing expression of the ensemble’s commitment to its brainy, innovative and labor-intensive path.” — Richard Selden, The Georgetowner

Main Event

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
National Cathedral (Great Nave)

Armenian Odyssey (world premiere)

Kevork Mourad creates a multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding. With legendary duduk master Jivan Gasparyan and Jivan Gasparyan,            Jr.; cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan; and composer Vache Sharafyan.

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Other Events

Freer Gallery (Meyer Auditorium)
National Gallery of Art

Armenian Film Festival

In association with the National Cinema Center of Armenia.
Free admission

A Tribute to Sergei Parajanov

Saturday afternoon, Feb. 29 — 1 pm (Freer Gallery)

-Including a restoration of his masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates (1969), plus the US premiere of a new restoration of Parajanov Triptych (Hakob Hovantanyan, Kiev Frescoes, Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme)
Also: Kevork Mourad’s Four Acts for Syria (US premiere)
Commentary by: Levon Abrahamian, Daniel Bird, Kevork Mourad

The Film Music of Aram Khachaturian

Sunday afternoon, March 1 — 2 pm (Freer Gallery)

Including  Zangezur (1938), Khachaturian clips, and cartoons.
Commentary: Peter Rollberg, Joseph Horowitz

A Tribute to Rouben Mamoulian

Saturday afternoon, March 14 — 2 pm (National Gallery of Art)

—Including Love Me Tonight (1932), Porgy and Bess (excerpts), and archival clips.
Commentary: Joseph Horowitz, Kurt Jensen, and Milena Oganesyan





Saturday, March 7, 2020 – The Museum of the Bible 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Reception: 6:30 pm / Concert: 7:30 pm
Vache Sharafyan: composer/pianist/commentator
Hoorig Poochikian: Violinist

Works by Komitas and Sharafyan
All tickets $10

“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)

To hear Narek Hakhnazaryan perform Giovanni Sollima’s “Lamentatio”: 

The “Armenian Odyssey” Festival is presented in partnership with
the Embassy of Armenia
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Festival Underwriter: The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Festival Co-Chairs: Aso Tavitian, Noubar Afeyan
Main Corporate Sponsor: Ameriabank CJSC
  • Armenian Assembly of America/Carolyn Mugar
  • Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)
  • Armenian Missionary Association of America
  • Armenian Relief Society
  • Sirpuhi and John Conte Foundation
  • Joe & Joyce Philibosian Stein
  • Vicken Poochikian and Irene Roth
  • Toros Mangassarian
  • Annie Simonian Totah
  • Souren Israelyan
  • Linda Shirvanian
  • Haig Ariyan
  • Nazareth Festekjian
  • Raffi Melkonian/Sevag Poochikian
  • Sarkis Jebejian
  • Souren Hakopian
  • Vartan Gregorian
  • Edward Avedisian
  • Rita Balian
  • Avadis Abrahamian
  • Jacob Bournazian
  • Sabina & Joshua Javits
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