The Color of Pomegranates

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:

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 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

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”: 

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The “Armenian Odyssey” Festival is presented in partnership with the Embassy of Armenia
and under the auspices of H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States.
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