The concert of the 3rd Khachaturian International Festival held on November 25 was entitled “Tour to Russia: Meeting Stravinsky". The ensembles of State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, led by conductor Ruben Asatryan, presented "Histoire du soldat" and "Octet for Wind Instruments" by Igor Stravinsky.
Speaking about Khachaturian Festival, Maestro Asatryan emphasizes that it involves a rather complicated repertoire. Full concert halls are proving that the festival is awaited cultural and musical event. Ruben Asatryan especially underlines the fact that in the framework of Festival works by Armenian composers are often presented: "The Youth Orchestra is extremely mobile. I often collaborate with them, presenting concerts and recordings, and I am pleased to see that my students become highly qualified musicians and are playing in this Orchestra".
The conductor notices that both works by one of the titans of 20th century - Igor Stravinsky, performed during this concert are rather difficult and present a real challenge for musicians. These compositions have not been performed in Armenia for a long time.
"Histoire du soldat" was accompanied by a recitation. According to Ruben Asatryan's words, this composition supposes a performance. "I have invited director Ruben Kochar to be present at this concert, to listen to the music and maybe in the future we will implement a performance. Something brandnew in Armenian reality".
A violinist of Opera Theatre, vocalist Kim Sargsyan experienced the role of narrator during this musical evening. He reminded that the presentation was written during the First World War. Original is in French. He says he gets excited, acting as a recite. Referring Khachaturian Festival, he mentions that the musicians in fact live within it. Both in Armenia and abroad, participating in festivals one communicates with different musicians and cultures.
The organizer of the 3rd Khachaturian International Festival is the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (general partner VivaCell-MTS), it is held under the patronage of RA President Serzh Sargsyan. The Festival is realized with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture. The festival is sponsored by "Pyunik" Charitable Foundation, “Luding" and "Jermuk Group” Companies and "Ani Plaza".