Another page was added to the chronicles of the Armenian community in Sofia. A page that we can be proud of not only today but also in the future. Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Armenian General Benevolent Union "Parekorzagan" – Sofia, having as its chairperson Mrs. Sonia Bedrosian, Maestro Bedros Papazjan also made his first steps on the stage of the AGBU "Sofia Chamber Orchestra". Not only Armenian but also many Bulgarian lovers of classical music gathered in the Bulgaria chamber-music hall in the early evening on Sunday, 25 February this year to get acquainted with the art of a new team that means to become an important figure on the capital city’s musical program. The long cheering that marked the separate parts of the concert eloquently confirmed that the newly established Armenian Chamber Orchestra has its place in the spiritual existence of the contemporary man and that it could contribute a new view in our attitude to classics like Handel, Aslamadzian, Mirozian. The indisputably professional performance by each member of the orchestra made it possible for the conductor – Maestro Papazian, to fully display the breadth of musical impression in each of the performed compositions. The special guest of the night was Simeon Shterev, an undisputed authority in Bulgarian music, who sincerely expressed his respect for that night’s event and emphasized that it was his honour to be part of the first concert of AGBU "Sofia Chamber Orchestra" with his art. His flute filled the air with the sound of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "Black Orpheus" and "Dead Leaves". The presence of another renowned figure – one that has come to be emblematic for Bulgarian music – the creator, composer, violist and singer Haigashod Agasian, did much more than enrich the night: his performance of "Armenian Eyes" – for the first time in an orchestral interpretation, deeply moved the audience in the hall. Each musical instrument has its beauty of sound. It seems, however, that the harp is something special – something tender and ethereal. Tender and ethereal was the sound of the three harps – Kohar Andonian, Strahila Brailova and Diana Todorova. Handel’s “Allegro” made the audience feel a pleasant emotion. The impression that the three harpists made with their art left a deep trace in the minds of everybody in the hall. The program that the Chamber Orchestra’s Musical Director, Mr. Papazian had selected for the first one of the cycle of concerts of the newly created professional Armenian orchestra was rich and varied. With flowers and prolonged applause, the audience expressed its admiration for the indisputable talent of the musicians – all of whom had already individually made their presence abroad – as well as its delight at their overall stage presence during the concert. This concert – the first one of the concert cycle organized by the Benevolent Union "Parekorzagan" – Sofia, directed by Bedros Papazian, was devoted to the memory of a journalist who paid with his life for the right to freely speak the truth in today’s Turkey. At the opening of the event, Mrs. Vartanush Topakbashian called everyone in the room to a minute’s silence in memory of Hrant Dink. "Freedom for the Bulgarian Medics in Libya" is the motto of the cycle of concerts, which will take place under the honourable auspices of the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, His Excellency Mr. Sergei Manasarian. When the goals are high from the very beginning, the responsibility is huge, but the satisfaction of the achieved results is lasting. With its very first public appearance, AGBU "Sofia Chamber Orchestra" eloquently demonstrated the height of its art. That is why the expectations about the music team’s next concert are serious. And that concert will most probably live up to these expectations. You can see more photos here. Anahid Azhderian, Yerevan Newspaper
/Sunday/ at 5 PM
Hall of National Music Academy
First concert of AGBU – Sofia Chamber Orchestra!
In the Program:
George Friedrich Hendel & Aslamazyan – "Pasacalia"
George Friedrich Hendel – "Allegro" for harp
Petar Bobev – three plays for clarinet
Edward Mirzoyan – "Lyrical poem", "Shushanig"
Plays of Haigashod Agasyan
Simeon Shterev – French suite "Sherburg umbrellas", "Black Orpheus", "Dead leaves"
Kohar Andonyan - harp
Strahila Brailova - harp
Diana Todorova - harp
Petar Bobev - clarinet
Special guest: Simeon Shterev - flute