Rhinegold Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Melissa Bradshaw

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra to make Barbican debut in January

11:55, 5th December 2019

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and artistic director Sergey Smbatyan will make their Barbican debut on 14 January 2020 with 2019/20 artist in residence Maxim Vengerov.

Smbatyan, who founded the ASSO 14 years ago, will conduct the Orchestra in a programme which includes the European premiere of Amernian composer John Ter-Tatevosian’s Symphony No. 2 The Fate of Man (1959). Composer in residence Alexey Shor’s Barcarolle for Violin and Orchestra and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 will also feature, with Vengerov as the soloist.

The ASSO bring Ter-Tatevosian’s work to new audiences as part of their commitment to sharing Armenian culture and history internationally, with a wish to spread the message of hope that many Armenians have felt since the 2018 revolution. The Fate of Man is based on a text of the same name by Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov, telling an emotional story of a soldier during the Second World War who eventually finds hope in adopting a young boy.

‘The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is comprised of extraordinary musicians, not just in their virtuosity and dedication to the highest level of music making, but in their belief in music to spread messages of hope and joy, even in turbulent times,’ comments Smbatyan. ‘We hope our first ever Barbican performance, and indeed the rest of the European tour, brings a beacon of light from Armenia to the rest of the world.’

Visit the ASSO’s website here for more information on the orchestra’s European tour, organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC).

Tickets to the Barbican performance are available to purchase here.

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