“Saber Dance” in the streets of Yerevan on Aram Khachaturian’s 110th birthday

June 6, 2013, marks world-renowned Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s 110th birthday. Throughout the year, the beloved composer will be celebrated with various events throughout the world. Armenia is no exception. Among the many traditional concerts and performances that will take place, a unique performance —Saber Dance on the Street — was unveiled today in the streets of Yerevan.

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), in partnership with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) and Emporium, presented a modern take on Khachaturian’s Saber Dance, from the ballet Gayane.

Passers-by, tourists and on-lookers were surprised by the Saber Dance on the Street, which took place at the Cascade Complex and Cafesjian Sculpture Garden. At first glance, they thought a real fight, over a girl, had broken out. But, as APO Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Maestro Eduard Topchjan appeared, joined by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and The Armenia State Dance Ensemble Barekamutyun, spectators relaxed and began to enjoy the show.

To celebrate his 110th anniversary, UNESCO declared 2013 as the Year of Khachaturian. His vast repertoire includes numerous works for piano, violin, cello, orchestras, ballets and much more. Khachaturian passed away on May 1, 1978, leaving a rich musical legacy for the world to enjoy.

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