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A charity concert was held at the House of Music

On June 5, there was a charity concert dedicated to the presentation of the Heritage and Progress Foundation and the 60th anniversary of its founder and president, academician Armais Albertovich Kamalov.

This foundation was created with the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Commission on Cooperation between the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.

On the stage A.A. Kamalov spoke with particular trepidation about the recently established foundation in support of Russian-Armenian humanitarian initiatives. Armais Albertovich compared love for Russia and Armenia with love for one’s mother and father. Almost all of us in childhood were asked the same question: “Who do you love more? Mom or Dad?”, to which it was impossible to answer unequivocally.

Armais Albertovich also expressed deep gratitude to his family, colleagues, friends and everyone present at the event.

First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Mikhailovich Dzhabarov noted the enormous contribution of Armais Albertovich to the development and strengthening of friendship between the peoples of Russia and Armenia in social and cultural spheres and expressed deep gratitude towards V.I. Matvienko, Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly for her long dedicated service.

A message from the President of the Republic of Armenia was read out, which said that Armen Sargsyan was confident that the foundation and its projects would continue to grow and develop successfully, since the Armenian-Russian relations today are actually in need of reviving.

Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, highly appreciated the contribution of the Heritage and Progress Foundation in facilitating the humanitarian aid orchestrated by the Lazarevsky Club in purchasing and sending the Sputnik V vaccine against the new coronavirus infection to the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, which fall within the zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping forces.

The Primate of the Diocese of Russia and New Nakhichevan in the Armenian Apostolic Church Yezras Nersisyan, read out a message from His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and bestowed upon Armais Albertovich the Patriarchal Certificate of blessing and recognition.

Director of the Scientific Center of Neurology, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Alexandrovich Piradov read out a congratulatory letter from the Bureau of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in which he sang praises to the outstanding role of Academician Kamalov in the field of urology and andrology.

The gala concert was held within the walls of the Moscow International House of Music with the participation of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic” under the direction of the Russian conductor Sergey Tararin.

The celebration began with a Polonaise from the “Eugene Onegin” opera written by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The concert was attended by: soloist of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society, winner of international competitions, violinist Gaik Kazazyan; Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia and one of the best cellists of our time Narek Hakhnazaryan; soloists of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra – the balalaika trio: Konstantin Zakharato, Alexey Vrodlivets, Alexander Nikolaychuk; Nadezhda Demyanova (piano); Rodion Petrov (violin); Ivan Talanin (bandoneon);

People’s Artist of Russia Tamara Gverdtsiteli sang the well-known and much-loved songs “Tbiliso”, “Mother’s Eyes”, and in a duet with the Russian opera singer Yevgeny Kungurov she sang Arno Babajanyan’s “Nocturne”.

The participants of the Dancing with the Stars project Inna Svechnikova and Nikolay Pantyukhin graced the stage with their dancing.

That evening, within the walls of the House of Music, the premiere of the musical work “Confession of Love” took place, and its author, maestro Kamalov, was invited to the stage. “Confession” was created by chance, by the will of the soul. I called Oskar Borisovich Feltsman and said: “I am pretty sure I have just composed music,” shared Armais Albertovich.

At the end of the night Arno Babajanyan’s favorite song “The Best City on Earth” could be heard from every corner as it was sung by the entire audience together with the hero of the day.