For those of you that may have missed the following item in one of the AGBU Armenia News Bulletin’s from last week….happy birthday Karabakh Chamber Orchestra! The text is edited for clarity:
On October 16, at 7:00 pm, a concert dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Karabakh Chamber Orchestra (KCO) took place at the Stepanakert culture palace. The hall was full as always. Guests from Armenia, including mezzo-soprano Lilit Grikorian, soprano Irina Zakian, composer Eduard Sadoyan, as well as the “Mrakats” choir from Karabakh participated in the concert.
Congratulatory messages from the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) General Assembly, NKR Culture Ministry, Republic of Armenia’s Culture Ministry, Yerevan State Conservatory, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenian Chamber Orchestra, Armenian State Academic Choir, and other organizations and individuals were presented during an official ceremony before the concert.
During the jubilee concert, KCO performed the works of Handel, Aram Khachaturian, Rossini, Verdi, Sayat Nova, Arno Babajanian, and Piazzolla.
The concert was followed by a reception attended by NKR Culture Minister Narine Aghabalian, the whole KCO staff, musicians, cultural figures, guests.
The idea of establishing a chamber orchestra in Karabakh was born during the meeting of former NKR President Arkady Ghoukassian and AGBU President Berge Setrakian in the spring of 2004. KCO started operating in September of that same year under the sponsorship of AGBU, which continues until today. In the beginning the majority of the musicians in the orchestra were from Armenia. Today, the proportion has changed in favor of Karabakh performers. Besides performing in the Orchestra, KCO musicians also teaches music at music schools in Shoushi and Stepanakert, which will help sustain the Orchestra into the future. Headed by General Manager and Principal Conductor Gevork Muradian during the five years of its existence, KCO has garnered a reputation of being one of the best chamber orchestras in the South Caucasus. Among a number of successes the biggest achievement of the Orchestra has been the rebirth of cultural life in the war-torn Karabakh.
Maestro Gevork Muradian has also been granted a title of NKR Honored Artist by NKR President Bako Sahakian.