80TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPOSER EDGAR HOVHANNISYAN TO BE CELEBRATED IN YEREVAN

PanARMENIAN.Net
01.02.2010 16:46 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ On February 5, Aram Khachaturian concert hall will
host a concert in celebration of composer Edgar Hovhannisyan's 80th
birth anniversary.

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the guidance of Vardan Hokobyan
will perform a concert program featuring compositions of Hovhannisyan,
Spendiarian and Prokofiev.

Edgar Hovhannisyan, (January 14, 1930 - December 28, 1998) was
an Armenian composer, Professor of Composition at Yerevan State
Conservatory, People's Artist of the USSR (1986).

He graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory in 1953, then pursued
post-graduate work at the Moscow Conservatory, under famed Armenian
composer Aram Khachaturian. He was the director of the State Opera
and Ballet Theater in Yerevan in 1962-1968.

Hovhannisyan is widely considered among the most influential Armenian
composers of the 20th century. He is the author of ballets, including
"Joan of Arc", "Sulamif", and "Marmar". He also experimented with
various musical styles, including neo-classical, folk-based styles,
and even jazz ("Concert Variations for Saxophone and Jazz Orchestra"),
opera ("The Travel to Erzrum"), various vocal-orchestral works (e.g.

the oratorio "Grikor Naregatsi", the hymn of Yerevan), and numerous
film scores.