Yerevan Chamber Orchestra Premiers

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"We can fly high and shortly bring the orchestra onto an international level," manager and principal conductor of the newly-created chamber music orchestra of Armenia Aram Gharabegian said at a news conference last week.

The new Orchestra performed its first concert at the Yerevan Philharmonic Hall Saturday. The program included works by such renowned composers as Rossini–Mozart–Respigi and Bartok. Solos were performed by Arax Davtian. On May 17 and 18–the orchestra will go on tour to Giumri and Vanadzor–while in October it will travel to Greece–Cyprus and France.

Armenia’s chamber music orchestra was set up about a month ago on the initiative of the Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports Armen Smbatian. The orchestra was created through merging the chamber music of Armenia and the Yerevan chamber music orchestra. He said this was conditioned by financial difficulties.

Principal Conductor Gharabegian said that the orchestra had sponsors who would render assistance to it. At present musicians working with the orchestra get a salary of $35–a part of which is rendered from the orchestra’s budget–while the rest is collected through donations.

For the last five years Aram Gharabegian has lived in Munich and worked with different orchestras.

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