There are almost no cases when cultural institutions were completely closed in
difficult geopolitical or social situations. There is ample evidence that during
the years of the Second World War, cultural centers continued to operate at all
costs. For example, the Bolshoi Theater of Russia had many premieres in 1941-45,
many of the musicians performed on the battlefields, raising the morale of the
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, when independent Armenia entered a
difficult period, Armenia's cultural institutions did not cease to function.
Everyone remembers the concerts of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra
under the direction of Loris Tjeknavorian. Almost all the people living Yerevan
have been attended that concerts of classic and spiritual concerts held in the
illuminated and heated Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, or just watched the
concerts on TV. As a result, Loris Tjeknavorian was one of the most popular
faces in the country.
In the 1990s, Tigran Chukhajyan's "Arshak II", "Karine", Armen Tigranyan's
"Anush" and other operas were premiered under the led of Tigran Levonyan.
2020 is unique in its kind. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the whole world to
board the same boat and swim along the same river. Cultural institutions had to
close their doors indefinitely. It is only clear that the 2019-2020 concert
season is over. It seemed that everything is over and the musicians would be
idle and bored. But the musicians and music ensembles just broke all the
stereotypes. Almost all the famous theaters made available to the world the
recordings of their best performances, which they had previously provided on the
terms of the subscription. For some artists, their own balcony has transformed
into a stage, and for others, the Internet has become the main platform. Many of
them challenge each other tor just play for a beloved audience. The darings went
to the live broadcasts and performed almost every evening for their fans. As a
result of limited opportunities, the majority began to approach everything more
creatively. Before that, many complained about the lack of time, but the same
time showed that the passivity of the majority was not due to employment.
When will the COVID-19 pandemic be over? Nobody knows! Some experts believe that
the social distance should be maintained for at least a year after its
completion, while such a restriction is still foreign to the concert industry.
Only time will tell what to expect in the future. Will the status of musicians
change or will everything return to the old, time will tell? We can only say
that we live in a historical period and it will be the subject of many types of
research. Only a few years later we will have a clear picture of the result of
by Sona Khachatryan
Photo by Maria Vardanyan/ANPO