Orchestra’s stirring ‘Triptych’ is a fusion of color and sound

Louisville Courier Journal, KY
March 19 2004

Orchestra’s stirring ‘Triptych’ is a fusion of color and sound

By ANDREW ADLER – March 19, 2004
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The Courier-Journal

In a program note meant to accompany his “New England Triptych,”
William Schuman writes of how his 1956 work forges a “fusion of
styles and musical languages” with 18th-century composer William

It’s not too much of a leap to make a similar comparison of Aram
Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, except here the fusion is not with a
single composer, but with an entire tradition of Armenian folk music.

Both pieces, however, speak powerfully in purely symphonic terms, and
they made for an exceptionally engaging first half of yesterday’s
U.S. Bank Coffee Concert at the Kentucky Center. If you crave a
molten swirl of instrumental color and texture, this was definitely
the kind of stuff to get your blood boiling. Whatever the ethnic
context, music director Uriel Segal made what could have been an odd
stylistic transition seem like the most sensible thing in the world.

Schuman is a bedrock composer of 20th-century America, and his “New
England Triptych” has long been among his most successful creations.
No wonder – the music has immediate, undeniable appeal as it moves
through a trio of Billings’ hymn treatments. The score has the sure
hand of a composer who understands how to bend commonplace elements
to uncommon benefit.

Few would describe the “Triptych” as especially demanding of
listeners – yet it speaks with freshness hearkening back to early
American musical practice, and reaching forward toward a universally
embraceable contemporary idiom.

The work’s second and third movements are particularly fine.
Yesterday’s account was at its strongest in these portions. Billings
took the hymn “When Jesus Wept” as one departure point refashioned by
Schuman in the work’s central essay. The music is achingly beautiful,
and the Louisville Orchestra’s strings played with a hushed,
sustained intensity that proved deeply affecting. Later on, during
the third-movement “Chester” hymn, Segal urged the full orchestra
forward in a blaze of crackling dynamics.

Khachaturian wrote quite a bit of orchestral literature. The appeal
of his best works, such as the big ballets “Spartacus” and “Gayane,”
have not diminished over the decades. The Violin Concerto doesn’t
rise quite to that level, coming off rather self-consciously as
appealing to the populist aesthetic sentiments of the Stalinist
regime. Still, the concerto knows how to push the right expressive

In violinist Silvia Marcovici, the orchestra had a guest soloist able
to take all that the concerto threw at her and find the elemental
worth of every page.

The concerto sometimes can seem tumultuous for its own sake, yet
Marcovici remained unfazed by Khachaturian’s frenetic surfaces. My
only real reservation was that – in playing from a score – in the
third movement she directed her attentions more toward her music
stand than toward her Whitney Hall listeners, which compromised both
the focus of her tone and the sense of connecting with listeners.

The orchestra itself played with laudable discipline, which carried
over to at least the first three movements of Beethoven’s Symphony
No. 5. Segal led this piece with brisk tempos and lean proportions,
emphasizing clarity of attack and careful sectional balances.

His argument and the orchestra’s response was laudable through the
scherzo but weakened in a final movement that resisted taking shape.
Here, the brass playing didn’t have quite the crispness heard earlier
on, and in general the phrasing broadened so that momentum – which in
the Fifth should be inexorable – was merely indefinite.

Karabakh to be full party to talks – NKR President

Karabakh to be full party to talks – separatist leader

Mediamax news agency
17 Mar 04


The Nagornyy Karabakh Republic (NKR) will be involved in the
negotiations to resolve the Karabakh conflict as a full party, the
Nagornyy Karabakh president, Arkadiy Gukasyan, told the OSCE
chairman-in-office, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi, in
Yerevan today.

Gukasyan said the fact that the NKR is not involved in the talks
between Armenia and Azerbaijan was temporary.

Commenting on the forthcoming meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani
foreign ministers in Prague, Gukasyan said “this format cannot
facilitate the Karabakh settlement”.

“All contacts are important but the problem can hardly be resolved
without Karabakh,” the NKR president said.

Lecture at Haigazian University 03/19/2004

Department of Armenian Studies, Haigazian University
Beirut, Lebanon
Contact: Ara Sanjian
Tel: 961-1-353011
Email: [email protected]


invites to a lecture on

The Armenian Genocide in the Memoirs of Syrians
(in Armenian)


Dr. Nora Arissian

Friday, March 19, 2004 – 7:30 p.m.
Haigazian University Auditorium – Mehagian building, Mexique Street,
Kantari, Beirut

N.B. Please accept this message as a personal invitation.

Haigazian University is a liberal arts institution of higher learning,
established in Beirut in 1955. For more information about its activities
you are welcome to visit its web-site at <; .
For additional information on the activities of its Department of
Armenian Studies, contact Ara Sanjian at <[email protected]>


BAKU: Araz Azimov: EU could take more active role in peace process

Baku Today, Azerbaijan
March 11 2004

Araz Azimov: ‘EU could take more active role in peace process’

European Union’s special representative for South Caucasus Heikki
Talvitie will visit Azerbaijan on March 18, 2004.

11/03/2004 15:12
Baku Today

Commenting on European Union’s(EU) role in peace process over Nagorno
Karabakh conflict deputy foreign minister Araz Azimov said, European
Union could take more active role in mediating a settlement to the

Azimov said, there are two possible ways for EU involvement in the
process.Either EU might delegate one of its member states France,
which is presiding over Minsk group, to act on its behalf for the
mediation, or EU may participate together with Minsk group in the
peace process.

Talking on next meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia
Azimov said, the time of a meeting has not been fixed yet. However,
Azimov said, deputy foreign ministers of the two countries might meet
in the near future.

BAKU: German gives advice on how to defeat Armenia

Azer News, Azerbaijan
March 11 2004

German gives advice on how to defeat Armenia

Dr. Wilhelm German, an expert on the security, military and political
issues of Germany, has arrived in Baku for a fact-finding visit. Dr.
German will help Azerbaijani experts develop laws on some relevant
issues, as agreed at a Wednesday meeting held between Vice Speaker
Ziyafat Asgarov and the German expert.

Stressing that it is necessary to take into account national
interests while adopting laws, Asgarov voiced criticism towards the
Council of Europe on the issue. Dr. German, in turn, underlined that
he would help Azerbaijan as much as possible in military and security

He said that the most serious problem impeding Azerbaijan’s
development was the Upper Garabagh conflict. “Don’t wait for Armenia
to weaken in order to settle the Upper Garabagh conflict. You can
solve the problem in your favor by achieving socio-economic
development in the country,” Dr. German stressed.

Manasaryan Released from Detention

A1 Plus | 20:56:32 | 12-03-2004 | Social |


Armenian National Assembly member Tatul Manasaryan, who had been arrested in
January in the U.S., is already released from custody, Azatutyun radio
station reported Friday quoting Armenian Foreign Ministry Press Secretary
Hamlet Gasparyan.

Manasaryan has been charged with attempt of abduction of his child living
with his former wife in the U.S.A. Charge against him was dropped yesterday
at the court session.

The U.S. Ambassador to Armenian John Ordway received today MP’s relatives
and said them Manasaryan is still under supervision of the U.S. law because
of some problems linked to migration regime.

However, Manasaryan’s relatives said radio station he was in hospital
because of health problems.


Antelias: HH Aram I meets the President of the Republic of Lebanon

Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
Fax: (04) 419724
E- mail: [email protected]

PO Box 70 317

Armenian version:


ANTELIAS, LEBANON – 12 March 2004 – His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of the
Great House of Cilicia, met the President of the Republic of Lebanon His
Excellency General Emile Lahoud, at the presidential palace. His Holiness
was accompanied by the Primate of Lebanon His Eminence Kegham Khatcherian.

The discussion between the president and His Holiness touched issues related
to the Armenian Community of Lebanon, the current situation in the country,
and the visitation programs of His Holiness in the coming weeks.


The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the history and
the mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.


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