ASPU Hosts Jubilee Concert of Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

The newly opened hall of the Faculty of Philology of Armenian State Pedagogical University today hosted a concert by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Philharmonic Orchestra. This was the first jubilee celebration marking APO’s jubilee.

Before the start of the concert, Arkadi Shekunts, Head of the ASPU Culture Centre, greeted the presentees and briefly presented the history of the orchestra [founded by conductors Arshak Adamian and Alexander Spendiarian], as well as the famous conductors who headed the orchestra in different years.

Arkadi Shekunts highlighted the frequent visits of future educators to the concerts of the Philharmonic Orchestra, stressing that it is educators who shape the aesthetic taste of next generations.

During the concert, the orchestra headed by the artistic director and principal conductor  Eduard Topchjan performed the overture to Mozart’s Opera “The Marriage of Figaro” (Le nozze di Figaro), Edward Mirzoyan’s Opera “Shushanik,” Cavaradossi’s Aria from Giacomo Puccini’s Opera “Tosca,” Alfredo Catalani’s “Wally” Aria and Bach’s “Aria.” Irina Zakaryan (soprano) and Liparit Avetisyan (tenor) also performed during the jubilee event.

ASPU Rector Rouben Mirzakhanyan considered APO’s jubilee a national holiday and said that ‘it was also thanks to the orchestra that Armenian people form a part of modern civilization.’

He emphasized the fact that in a short period of time the orchestra had performed at the University for the second time and expressed hope that the third meeting would not be long-awaited.

Rouben Mirzakhanyan awarded conductor Eduard Topchjan with a “Pedagogical University” medal.

The artistic director of the Armenia Philharmonic Orchestra said the Pedagogical University had been a favourite place for him since childhood as his ancestors lectured at the University.

Eduard Topchjan thanked for the warm reception and the celebration of APO’s anniversary. He highlighted the close connection of the audience with classical music and confessed that when drafting the concert programme they intentionally chose more difficult and valuable pieces of music instead of light and popular ones.