Italy’s Festival delle Nazioni to Honour Armenia’s Musical Heritage

Festival delle Nazioni

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Festival delle Nazioni will pay homage to Armenia with a musical programme running from August 27 to September 6 in Città di Castello, a town of some 40,000 inhabitants in the province of Perugia in Umbria, Italy.

The 47th edition of the Festival will feature Armenian symphonic and chamber music, folk and classic, sacred and profane, choral and curative, medieval hymns and premiere compositions. 

"First of all we chose Armenia as the country of focus because of its rich musical tradition and because we are getting close to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide; one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth  century,” says the festival President, Giuliano Giubilei. 

"This land was for centuries the road linking East and West; and Armenian music is the proof of that; containing stylistic elements which belong to the Western culture as well as the Middle East ones. The homage to Armenia is a chance to discover the different aspects of this fascinating culture, from the classical music language to the traditional one, with its bards and duduk players.”, says Festival Artistic Director, Aldo Sisillo.

On the opening night, the stage will host the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Eduard Topchjan. The programme will include the famous Concerto for violin and orchestra by Khachaturian, which Anush Nikoghosyan will perform as a soloist, and two masterpieces of the Russian music: 'A night on Bald Mountain' by Mussorgsky and 'Schéhérazade' by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Duduk, kamancha and the other traditional instruments will be featured in Armenian Spirit (August 28), a musical journey around classical and popular music with Jordi Savall, his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Armenian musicians Aram Movsisyan, Georgi Minasov and Haig Sarikouyoumdjian.