• Members of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra performing Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.

  • AGBU-Armenia family enjoying Sabre Dance on the Street.

  • Republican Interschool Chess Olympiad finalists playing chess while children watch.

  • Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and the Armenia State Dance Ensemble "Barekamutyun" dancers performing Sabre Dance on the Street.

June 6, 2013 | Press Releases

Happy Birthday Aram Khachaturian!

June 6, 2013, marks world-renowned Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s 110th birthday. Throughout the year, the beloved composer will be celebrated with various events throughout the world. Armenia is no exception. Among the many traditional concerts and performances that will take place, a unique performance — Sabre Dance on the Street — was unveiled today in the streets of Yerevan.

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), in partnership with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) and Emporium, presented a modern take on Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, from the ballet Gayane.

Passers-by, tourists and on-lookers were surprised by the Sabre Dance on the Street, which took place at the Cascade Complex and Cafesjian Sculpture Garden. At first glance, they thought a real fight, over a girl, had broken out. But, as APO Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Maestro Eduard Topchjan appeared, joined by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Armenia State Dance Ensemble “Barekamutyun”, spectators relaxed and began to enjoy the show.

Look closely and you will find AGBU staff, supporters and family in the video, including two alumni of the 2012 AGBU Musical Armenia Program (MAP) who are performing with the 100-member orchestra, and finalists from the 2012-13 Republican Interschool Chess Olympiad. Mrs. Vera Setrakian, wife of AGBU President Berge Setrakian, and Mrs. Sossie Kelegian, longtime AGBU member and supporter, were present to enjoy the Sabre Dance on the Street.

To celebrate his 110th anniversary, UNESCO declared 2013 as the Year of Khachaturian. His vast repertoire includes numerous works for piano, violin, cello, orchestras, ballets and much more. Khachaturian passed away on May 1, 1978, leaving a rich musical legacy for the world to enjoy.

Sabre Dance on the Street can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/XazTAkh3SO8

The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO), established in 1928, is the national center of professional orchestral music. APO is committed to promoting culture and musical awareness to local audiences through regular performances of classical and operatic music, as well as national and contemporary music. Featuring the works of Armenian composers, APO supports new orchestral works creating new and interesting programs for connoisseurs, tourists and people of all ages. APO serves as Ambassador of Armenian music worldwide and tours regularly. For more information about APO, please visit www.apo.am

Emporium is the first professional marketing, advertising and PR magazine in Armenia. Published since March 2011, its goal is to support the local market and experts, by linking them with the newest ideas. Among other activities, Emporium has supported artists by preparing, free-of charge, video clips. On September 21, 2012, Emporium organized the largest flashmob in Armenia’s history. (To view, visit www.youtube.com/watch?feature+player_embedded&v=rOeiDGcEPwE). For more information on Emporium, visit www.emporium.am.

To view this press release in Armenian, please click here.

Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.

For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit www.agbu.org

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