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Russian Maestro Brings Orchestra To Yerevan From Baku, Transcending Politics

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Renowned Russian conductor Vladimir Spivakov has arrived in Yerevan with a group of musicians on an unprecedented direct flight from Baku after giving a concert to mark the anniversary of a prominent Azerbaijani composer.

The concert by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Youth Symphony Orchestra was in honor of Uzeyir Hacibeyli and attended by former culture ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. They gave a concert in Yerevan on September 24.

The press office of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said Sarkisian personally welcomed Spivakov to Yerevan and told him: "Your visits turn into big events in the cultural life of our country. Full concert halls and the warm welcomes you receive are evidence of this.. People in Armenia have great affection for you and consider you a friend of Armenia."

Cultural Diplomacy

The orchestra was formed with the support of the Council on Humanitarian Cooperation and the Interstate Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation of CIS member countries.

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