The melody of the famous Armenian “Berd” dance was played in the sacristy of the prominent Monastery of Alcobaça on the 15th of July.
The UNESCO World Heritage 12th century Monastery, closely associated with the beginning of the Portuguese monarchy and also known for the dramatic love story of King Dom Pedro and his mistress Inês de Castro, was one of the venues of the Cistermúsica International Music Festival 2018.
The Consonância string orchestra, founded by the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association, and led by artistic director Elena Ryabova-Mkhitarian was invited to attend the 27th edition of the oldest music Festival in Portugal, where the works of Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in G minor; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento in G major; Edward Elgar Serenade for String Orquestra and Nino Rota Concerto for Strings were represented.
As per the declaration of the Director of the Festival, famous Portuguese composer and musicologist Alexandre Delgado, the Consonância Orchestra played an ideal repertory for the string orchestra, starting with Baroque era music, then passing to Classic and Romantic period music and finishing with twentieth century music.
At the end of the concert, which got a standing ovation from the audience, the famous Armenian dance “Berd” (the Armenian word for “Castle”) was played as an encore.
More information about the Consonância Orchestra and Cistermúsica Music Festival can be found here: