On December 1 the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum was overcrowded with the young audience. The Sarian String Quartet presented educational music program for young viewers. The Quartet is the Ensemble of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia; it is comprised of Erik Manukyan (1st violin), Ani Adikyan (2nd violin), Elya Balasanyan (viola), Yelena Hayrapetyan (cello).
During the concert the pupils of several schools were presented pieces by Saryan, Komitas, Haydn, as well as music from their favorite cartoons ("Pui-Pui Mouse," "Chipollino"). The unique format of the evening gave the musicians an opportunity not only to perform, but also to interact with the listeners, speak about the presented pieces, their authors and some musical instruments.
Violinist Eric Manukyan noted that some of the compositions performed during the concert were presented by such staff of the string quartet for the first time.
Violinist Ani Adikyan stressed that their aim is to give children the opportunity to interact with high art. And they have chosen an interactive concert format to make it more interesting for children. The concert for the young audience took place within the framework of the 4th Khachaturian International Festival.
Sargis Balbabyan, the Art Manager of the Festival mentioned that their main goal was to spread classical music, to make it accessible to the general public. According to him, the Festival includes a wide variety of programs for music lovers of all ages. Mr. Balbabyan stressed that the Khachaturian Festival’s music programs for children have already become traditional.
The 4th Khachaturian International Festival is held under the patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is held thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra - VivaCell-MTS) and the "Classical Music Support" NGO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA, the "Khachaturian" Foundation and the European Foundation for Support of Culture.