The Generation of Independence

The Generation of Independence

On September 21 the Sport Concert Complex after Karen Demirtchyan was festively decorated. The public was harrying to the concert on the occasion of the 25th  Anniversary of the Republic of Armenia.

“The Generation of Independence” was the official title of this exclusive music project, involving more than 1000 children and adolescents from Armenia, Artsakh and Diaspora. Symbolically, the participants of the concert - precast orchestra and choir, became only the representatives of the generation of Independence - a generation that was born and continue to live in a sovereign and independent Armenia.

            The concert program had been formed of symphonic and choral works by Armenian composers. In the course of the evening works written specially for this day were performed. Author of the project was conductor Sergey Smbatyan, who, being himself a representative of this generation, led the “Generation of independence” orchestra. The best young representatives of the Armenian performing art, honorably demonstrating it throughout the world, were invited as soloists especially for this festive event.

            President of Armenia Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Mr. Bako Sahakyan, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I, political, public and cultural figures, other guests attended the concert.

            President of the Republic addressed the auditory with a congratulatory speech on the occasion of Independence. “As to me, the biggest achievement of the new twenty-five-years-old Armenia was the new generation of independence. Over the past twenty-five years a new generation has grown up in Armenia for whom to be a citizen of Armenia not only a fate, but also an honor. Comparing to the older one, the newer generation is open-minded and well-educated. It is politically competent and professes the highest and universal values. The principles of freedom and democracy of this generation formed the basis of thinking and worldview”, he said in his speech.

            The official celebration event ended with fireworks at the Republic Square. The project was preceded by a long preparatory work, which involved teachers, composers, instrumentalists, conductors, directors of the capital and regions of Armenia.
            To improve skills and performing abilities of young performers a series of professional training lessons took place. The main objective of the project - to explore the possibilities of the young musicians of Armenia and Artsakh, to increase their level of performance through master classes, and, in long perspective, to involve talented musicians in a variety of national and international events and programs.