Tcheknavorian Resigns From Philharmonic Post

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I came not to struggle–criticize or discredit anyone–any organization–ministry or the government. The reason for my resignation today from the post of Philharmonic Orchestra Director is not a gesture against the minister of culture–but a step against the old way of thinking," said Loris Tcheknavorian at a news conference Thursday–announcing his resignation from his position.

He suggested that his resignation had been prompted by the cultural minister’s Sept. 8 decree relieving him of the post of Director of the Aram Khachatourian Concert Hall. According to Tcheknavorian–the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia would not have scored such success without having its own hall.

He voiced concern over the fact that the absence of an auditorium and reduced hours for rehearsals might result in the orchestra’s break-up and make it difficult to hold in full volumes a number of concerts to mark the 1700th anniversary of adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia.

"Taking into account the fact that national philharmonic orchestras in all civilized countries have their own halls–which ensure their existence–we ask you not to deprive us of the privileges we enjoy now," the letter addressed by the Philharmonic Orchestra’s staff to Levon Ter-Petrosyan said.

The letter also points out that no group willing to perform at the Aram Khachatourian Hall has ever been denied.

Not denying the fact that the Ministry of Culture had transferred $2 million to the Philharmonic Orchestra’s account for the concerts performed by Ohan Durian’s Orchestra–Tcheknavorian pointed out that the pay for the performances had been raised to cover the expenditures for the maintenance of the Hall.

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