Young Armenian Performers Tour in Tehran

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The young Armenian performers warden to the "New Names of Armenia" charity program (Director-Silva Mekinian) and the "George Momjian Foundation (Chairman Romen Kozmoyan) gave ten concerts in Iran’s capital–Tehran–from January 25 to February 5. The tour was undertaken at the initiative of the "Ararat" Armenian cultural organization operating in Tehran and Armenia’s Embassy in Iran. The goal of such concerts is to present the cultural values of Armenia to citizens of other countries–including our compatriots living in these countries.

Participating in the concerts were laureates of international and republican contests aged 14 to 18–with only one 9-year-old singer. Music by Armenian and West-European composers was performed. On January 26–27 and 28 the Armenian musicians were welcomed by the Iranian audience at the Hall of the "Niavaran" Cultural Center. The Armenian performers were so impressive–they were invited to come to Tehran on a tour again in the future.

The next performances for the local Armenian Diaspora were held at the Komitas Hall of the "Ararat" Armenian cultural organization headed by Varuzhan Arakelian. On January 30–at the invitation of the Embassy of Armenia in Iran–the young musicians performed in a concert dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. Ambassadors of a dozen countries accepted invitations to attend the concert. Talking to a Noyan Tapan correspondent–Charity Program Director Silva Mekinian presented the estimation of Armenia’s Ambassador Gegham Gharibjanian.

"I highly appreciate the reception we were given in Iran–which is a highly disciplined country receptive to music," Mekinian emphasized.

The unusual thing about the tour was that many Iranians who are not of Armenian origin attended the concert hall of the "Ararat" organization. When one of the participants in the concert–Kantarchian–finished his song–he was asked to sing Geghuni Chtchian’s "Motherland."

He started singing and the song was taken up by all those present in the hall. Master classes for Diasporan youths are expected to be conducted by teachers from Armenia following an invitation of the "Ararat" cultural organization.

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