Presentation

In the context of the centenary of the Armenian genocide, the Armenian General Benevolent Union organizes a unique one-off concert, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, on 21 April 2015.
To pay tribute to the victims and honor their memory, musicians of Armenian origin, from the best international orchestras, will form an ephemeral orchestra named, for the occasion, Armenian World Orchestra, and directed by the internationally renowned conductor Alain Altinoglu.
Together, they will perform an original work commissioned to the composer Michel Petrossian, and the Mozart Requiem, accompanied by the choir of the Gulbenkian Foundation, among other works.
Together, they will bring a message of sharing, brotherhood and hope, drifted along by music which has always had such a special place in the Armenian culture.
Since the official recognition by France of the genocide in 2001, French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have consistently demonstrated their support to Armenia during their previous trips – a support that will be reinforced with the participation of François Hollande to the commemorations of the centenary of the genocide on 24 April 2015 in Yerevan.
This remembrance concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet on 21 April is also a universalist gesture of hope: the will to include these acts of genocide in the mankind collective memory is made to promote its prevention and ensure its eradication of the human community. So that, never again, such crimes occur. They shall be named and recognized.
Approved by the 2015 Mission of the Co-ordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, this unique event will mark one of the highlights of the commemorations organized in Armenia, in France and in the world.
Today, we are happy to give partners the opportunity to support us in this initiative, both artistic and bearing symbols for Humanity.

 

 

Philippe Panossian
Président UGAB France