Symphony Orchestra Faces Problems Appeals to President

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Radio of Armenia addressed a letter to the president of Armenia–asking him to help the orchestra solve the problems that it is facing.

Director of the Symphony Orchestra Anahit Mamikonian said that musicians of the orchestra are paid a miserable salary–however–they keep working only "for the sake of communication with maestro." According to her–concerts must not be stopped–or "we must not allow maestro Ohan Durian to leave the country–as we invited him. We have to create proper working conditions." Mamikonian said that orchestra staff will take some other measures to create normal working conditions for maestro Ohan Durian and to keep him in the country.

Last month maestro Ohan Durian announced that would no longer perform in Armenia. He refused to elaborate. However–Mamikonian said that Durian had to make such a statement because the orchestra has not been provided premises for rehearsals–despite numerous pledges by officials. Moreover–the orchestra has not been provided with funds. She said that rehearsals are held in a small room at the Armenian Radio Committee–which is too small for 70 orchestral musicians. "Simply–the Committee does not have any other room–otherwise it would have provided it," Mamikonian said.

Only the American University of Armenia is ready to provide one of its halls to orchestra. However–the musicians can hold their rehearsal here only one day. Also–since the musicians of the orchestra are paid low salaries–the orchestra administration has to invite guest musicians–who should be paid properly.

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