YEREVAN – The 5th Khachaturian International Festival was launched with a unique concert on Wednesday at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall.
Hollywood legend John Malkovich performed with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan in Armenia for the first time, amazing the audience with his talent.
Accompanied by the orchestra Malkovich performed as a narrator. The audience was suggested to taste the fantastic fusion of literature and music: “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke, one of the most eminent musical figures of the second half of the XX century. Pianist Anastasya Terenkova performed with the orchestra as a soloist.
Malkovich even presented an expert from the “Book of Lamentations” by Gregory of Narek during his Armenian concert with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan the orchestra performed Symphony “Confession” by Vard Manukyan, while the legendary actor read English text.
The audience listened to the performance with bated breath. At the end it acclaimed the warm greetings of the audience and standing ovations. Although Smbatyan and Malkovich collaborated before, this mixture has never been presented anywhere and was performed specially for the Armenian public, which appreciated it.
The launch of the festival was exceptional because it presented a mixture of music, literature, recitation and performance of the great actor. All the seats at the Khachaturian Concert Hall were occupied with people looking forward to get acquainted with the famous actor’s talent. Malkovich’s performance acclaimed the warm greetings of the audience, amazed the viewers. The whole hall had got to their feet to express admiration for the magnificent performance.
Maestro Smbatyan and John Malkovich had collaborated before with the same exceptional program when they performed on the same stage in Seoul/ South Korea (2015) and in Buenos Aires/Argentina (2016).
The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky. The festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sarkisian. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra – VivaCell-MTS), with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA and the “Khachaturian” Foundation, European Foundation for Support of Culture.
The official partner of John Malkovich’s exclusive concert is the legendary Ararat Armenian brandy.