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
Freer Gallery (Meyer Auditorium)/National Gallery of Art: Armenian Film Festival
In association with the National Cinema Center of Armenia.
Saturday afternoon, Feb. 29 (Freer Gallery)
A Tribute to Sergei Parajanov — including the US premiere of a new restoration of his masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates (1969). Also Kevor Mourad’s Four Acts for Syria (US premiere)
Commentary: Levon Abrahamyan, Kevork Mourad
Sunday afternoon, March 1 (Freer Gallery)
The Film Music of Aram Khachaturian –including Zangezur (1938), archival clips, cartoons, and (in live performance) Khachaturian’s Clarinet Trio
Commentary: Peter Rollberg
Saturday afternoon, March 14 (National Gallery of Art)
A Tribute to Rouben Mamoulian —Love Me Tonight (1932),
Porgy and Bess (excerpts)
Commentary: Joseph Horowitz and Milena Oganesyan
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”: