Produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Armenia
Our Armenian festival introduces DC audiences to the singular Armenian/Syrian artist Kevork Mourad (winner of Germany’s
2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung prize for animation), who creates animated artwork in real time in response to live music.
To sample the magic of Kevork Mourad:
Armenian Odyssey (world premiere)
Kevork Mourad creates a multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding. With cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and composer Vache Sharafyan.
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
In association with the National Cinema Center of Armenia.
A Tribute to Sergei Parajanov — including the US premiere of a new restoration of his masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates (1969).
Commentary: Levon Abrahamyan
The Film Music of Aram Khatchaturian –including the US premiere of a new restoration of Pepo (1935), a new Khachaturian documentary, and (in live performance) Khachaturian’s Clarinet Trio
Commentary: Peter Rollberg
A Tribute to Rouben Mamoulian —Love Me Tonight (1932),
Porgy and Bess (excerpts)
Commentary: Joseph Horowitz and Milena Oganesyan
To the Lighthouse (2006)
Commentary: Margaret Parsons
PCE’s Joe Horowitz describes An Armenian Odyssey:
The Color of Pomegranates
“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”: