Event dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Komitas took place in newly built
Events Auditorium of Holy See Etchmiadzin under the patronage of His Holiness
Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
The event was attended by Primates of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Minister of
Education, Sciences, Culture and Sport of RA Araik Harutyunyan, Minister of
High-Technological Industry of RA Hakob Arshakyan, musicians, musicologists etc.
The evening began with the Lord’s Prayer, “Etchmiadzin I Hore” carol and the
speech of Father Asoghik Karapetyan, director of Museums and Archive of Holy
See. The Catholicos of All Armenians conveyed his Pontifical blessings to all
presents in the auditorium.
The concert featured Armenian State Symphony Orchestra(artistic director and
principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan) and Armenian State Academic Capella
(artistic director and principal conductor, Hero of Armenia Hovhannes Chekijian)
and pianist Lusine Khachatryan.
Musicologist-medievalist, PhD in Art, Honored Worker of Art of RA presented the
program of the evening and a lecture: “Komitas Vardapet”, “Komitas and Europe”
“Komitas and we”. Within the framework of the evening Orchestral works composed
by Komitas in Berlin (“Memory” and “Forest night”) were performed for the first