On November 6, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to Lithuania, with the
support of the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport,
organized a concert at the Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius,
dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Armenian composer Avet Terterian and the
85th anniversary of Lithuanian composer Algimantas Raudonikis, PR department of
the Embassy reports.
The event featured works by Avet Terterian, Komitas, Algimantas Raudonikis,
Eduard Abrahamyan and other Armenian and Lithuanian composers, performed by
Varsenik Avanyan (mezzo-soprano) and Steponas Zonys (baritone), accompanied by
Narine Stepanyan (piano).
The event was attended by high-ranking officials of the Lithuanian legislative
and executive branches as well as other state agencies, ambassadors accredited
in Vilnius, members of the diplomatic corps, public and political figures and
members of the Armenian community.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Tigran Mkrtchyan noted that this concert
opens a series of events in the Baltic states dedicated to the 90th anniversary
of the great Armenian composer Avet Terterian, initiated by the Armenian
Embassy. The ambassador added that pieces of Lithuanian composers will be
performed at this joint concert of Armenian and Lithuanian musicians, which is
also dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Lithuanian composer Algimantas
Introducing Avet Terterian's biography and his musical career, Ambassador
Mkrtchyan noted that Terterian is justly considered one of the best Armenian
composers, having composed in various genres, including chamber, symphonic and
opera music, created 8 magnificent symphonies, leaving an indelible mark on the
Armenian and world music history. The Ambassador attached importance to the
connection of Terterian's avant-garde music with the Armenian spiritual
Speaking about the similarities between the music of the two composers, the
Ambassador noted that even though Avet Terterian and Algimantas Raudonikis had
composed in the Soviet era, they were very much influenced by their traditional
music and presented it in world music manner.