Shogher Armenian Choir participated in “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival with Lena Beglaryan’s song “My Armenia Festival”

August 5th marked the launch of the Days of Choral Arts Program of the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival, and one of the participating choirs was the Shogher Armenian Choir of the “Hayordats Tun” Armenian School of Moscow, which was under the direction of the choir’s artistic director Lena Beglaryan. Between August 5 and 10, Shogher Armenian Choir gave concerts in Gyumri and Vanadzor, visited Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial and performed Komitas’s song “Hayr Mer” (Our Lord) for children at the Komitas Museum, as reported the information center of “Hayordats Tun” to Hayern Aysor.

“Only 13 out of the 20 main members of the choir were able to participate in the festival, but we tried to make sure the absence of the others wouldn’t affect the choir’s performances. My little singers performed very well. After the concerts, the people in the audience and the other participants congratulated us, praised our efforts and wished to take photos with the little singers of Shogher Choir,” Lena Beglaryan said in an interview with Hayern Aysor.

The other participants of the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival, which is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia, still remember the performances that Lena Beglaryan’s Ovsanna and Norahrash Ensembles had given in previous years and asked why those ensembles weren’t participating in the festival. They were interested in those ensembles because the latter had given brilliant performances. Impressed by the previous performances, the choirmaster of Egypt’s Arax Armenian Choir asked Lena Beglaryan to provide him with her songs “Garund Hayeren Eh Galis” (Your Spring Comes in Armenian) and “Mors Dzerkere” (My Mother’s Hands). Thus, the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival is becoming a platform where the participants can not only meet and enjoy each other’s performances, but also exchange works. For Lena Beglaryan, presenting her songs at festivals has already become a special tradition, and this time she presented her song called “My Armenia Festival”.

“I wrote the song in 2014, but I wasn’t able to revise it and make it complete. This time, I rehearsed the song with the little singers of Shogher Choir and wrote the last lines of the song (“…We are one of your rays, homeland, we shine from the light that you give”) during one of the rehearsals,” Lena Beglaryan said.

The choirmaster also stated that Alan, one of the singers, was visiting Armenia for the first time and was quite impressed with the homeland. Listening to the Armenian poem “Akhr Yes Inchpes Ver Kenam Gnam” (How can I get up and leave), another member, Tigran, constantly repeated the lines. Both Alan and Tigran told Lena Beglaryan that they would love to live in the homeland.

Anna Martirosyan’s daughters also said they would like to settle in Armenia. They moved from Cyprus to Yerevan and then to Moscow last winter, but they loved the summer in Yerevan and want to return.

The closing ceremony of the Days of Choral Arts Program of the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival was held in the auditorium of Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theater. During the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Srapionyan expressed his greetings to the participants and granted them certificates of participation and commemorative medals.

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