MUSIC FOR A GREAT SPACE at the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

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AN ARMENIAN ODYSSEY:

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 preview the magic of Kevork Mourad’s “Armenian Odyssey” (March 4):

Music by Vache Sharafyan recorded by Suren Bagratuni

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

ARMENIAN FILM FESTIVAL
February/March:
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

 

FURTHER INFORMATION ON FILM EVENTS: https://www.nga.gov/calendar/film-programs/armenian-odyssey.html


 

BETWEEN FOUR RIVERS

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

Jivan Gasparyan

“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
SPONSORS
  • 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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