An Armenian Odyssey: The Color of Pomegranates
For fifteen years, PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) –now Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral– has singularly pursued music as an instrument for mutual understanding. This has taken the form of festivals illuminating the interface between cultures; a typical example is our ongoing exploration of the impact of Indonesian gamelan and dance on the Western tradition.
As frequently, we have undertaken cross-disciplinary inquiries into the cultural history of a nation; a typical example is our ongoing Iberian Mystics project, tracking the confluence of Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic influences on Spanish music, literature, and visual art.
With its long and distinguished cultural heritage, and its heroic national saga of struggle and resilience, Armenia offers a rich opportunity for the kind of programming we do. The Color of Pomegranates takes its title from Sergei Parajanov’s classic 1968 film, inspired by the iconic Armenian bard Sayat Nova. A poetic meditation saturated with music, dance, and religious iconography, it celebrates the endurance of Armenian culture in the teeth of oppression and persecution.
PCE’s Joe Horowitz describes An Armenian Odyssey: The Color of Pomegranates
- World premiere of Armenian Odyssey by Vache Sharafyan.
- Kevork Mourad creates a multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding.
- Vache Sharafyan, composer
- Narek Hakhnazaryan, cellist
- PostClassical Ensemble
- Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor
- Phone: 202-537-6200
- Venue: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
News / Reviews
PostClassical Charts ‘An Armenian Odyssey’— The Georgetowner, published on March 12, 2020
PostClassical Ensemble fetes Armenian music and history at National Cathedral— Washington Classical Review, published on March 05, 2020
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