And that's how I found myself standing in line at the charcoal grill with Aram Khachaturian
, the celebrated composer, who was waiting patiently for his second hamburger.
Conducted by Nvart Andreassian and Cem Mansur, the orchestra will play works of Beethoven, Bizet, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Aram Khachaturian
and Bedrich Smetana.
Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov (1896-1948), a Russian Bolshevik and later leading Communist politician who, among other atrocities, oversaw the official reprimand of musical greats such Aram Khachaturian
, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
The 2-day show includes Spartacus Ballet for the artist and composer Aram Khachaturian
organized in cooperation with the Syrian National Symphony .
William Walton, Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten, Aram Khachaturian
and Richard Rogers were all approached, and in the case of Rogers even commissioned.
Then catastrophe: in 1948 Andrei Zdhanov targeted Prokofiev--who hadn't properly recovered from injuries incurred in a fall three years earlier--along with Aram Khachaturian
, of Saber Dance fame, and Shostakovich, for "formalism.
Celebrating Jerusalem is composed of two parts - the first containing the second movement and part of the third movement of the Gayane ballet by Aram Khachaturian
and three Hungarian Dances by Brahms.
The programme will start with excerpts from the famous Gayane Ballet music of Aram Khachaturian
, and four of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, while the second part will be dedicated to Songs celebrating Jerusalem.
QUIZ OF THE DAY: 1 Aztec; 2 Suffolk; 3 Wasps or hornets; 4 Joseph Haydn; 5 Telstar; 6 Dragons' Den; 7 White; 8 Guy Ritchie; 9 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; 10 Aram Khachaturian
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian