YEREVAN (Panorama.am)—The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its legendary conductor Zubin Mehta will perform in Yerevan today as part of the “Yerevan Perspectives” 16th International Music Festival.
Composer Stepan Rostomyan, founder and artistic director of the festival, said at a press conference yesterday that prior to the concert the Israel Philharmonic will visit Yerevan’s Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
World-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta said for his part that he considers the Armenian nation talented. “It is a great honor for me to visit Armenia for the first time. It is an honor not only for me, but also for the orchestra,” he added.
Zubin said that the Armenian and Jewish people shared ”the same bitter fate.”
“Taking into account the tough past, Armenians and Jews should try to show to the world that we exist and our spirits are powerful and bold,” said the conductor.
Mehta said his father was a pupil of violinist and violin teacher Ivan Ghalamian, whom he regarded as one of the great teachers.
The musicians laid flowers at the eternal flame in Tsitsernakaberd today, and then visited the Armenian Genocide Museum.
The visit to Tsitsernakaberd had not been initially included in the schedule of the orchestra, but the musicians expressed the will to see the memorial.
Tonight, they will perform at the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet; the concert is dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial.