The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performed its last concert of the year on December 25. Italian famous accordionist and bandoneonist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi had a concert together with the ASSO. The concert program included music composed by the Italian composers Ennio Morricone, Martin Palmeri, Roberto di Marino, as well as music by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. The meeting of Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi and Armenian audience was very warm and emotional, as always. The concert hall is always overcrowded during Pietrodarchi’s Yerevan concerts, with tickets sold out many days before the concert. “It’s an inexpressible pleasure for me to perform in Armenia, with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. It’s a fantastic orchestra with a special sound. The orchestra members are young and very mature, full of emotions, strive to work,” said the bandoneonist expressing special thanks for cooperation to his good friend, composer Sergey Smbatyan.
Sergey Smbatyan, the artistic director and chief composer of the ASSO, noted that it has become a tradition for the orchestra to close the year with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi’s concert, festive mood, and beloved music. The composer stressed that every time Pietrodarchi performs a new concert program in Yerevan. After a short break during New Year holidays, the orchestra will start getting ready for the performances of 2019. “The year will be rich. More than 60 concerts are intended in Armenia and abroad. Brilliant artists will visit Armenia,” Smbatyan said about future projects.
The audience got many surprises as they had the chance to enjoy the music performed in Armenia for the very first time; Ennio Morricone's’ film-music transformed for string orchestra and bandoneon was new for the Armenian audience. Besides, Martin Palmeri’s “Seasons” was also a premiere for the Armenian music-lovers; the author composed it especially for Pietrodarchi. Piazzolla's Tangazo was transformed by young composer Vahagn Vardanyan. After unceasing applauses and bis, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi came back to the stage several times and presented several pieces of music to the audience. The musician devoted a piece from Ave Maria to the memory of his grandfather, who recently passed away.
Anna Hakobyan, the RA Prime-Minister’s wife, was also present at the concert.