The gala concert of the Yakut and Armenian masters of the arts ended with a cycle of the musical evenings Dedication to the 100th anniversary of the Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR and the Yakut Autonomous SSR Grant Grigoryan. There were a lot of cordial words and a wonderful concert, which ended with the composer’s most beloved song 'My Beloved Land of Sakha' (Sakham sire barahsan).
At the closing ceremony of the evenings, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Spiritual Development of the RS (Y), Marina Silina, emphasized that the friendship and cooperation of the two peoples - Yakut and Armenian - would continue, and presented the Gratitude Letter of the RS (Y) government to the Chairman of the Composers Union of Armenia, Aram Satyan, who led the delegation.
Since it is not customary for Armenians to visit empty-handed, Aram Satyan presented the Deputy Minister with a gift edition of Songs of the Nairi Country (Nairi is one of the ancient names of his country) and lemon-grass wine in a bottle, cast in the form of a pomegranate - one of the symbols of Armenia, and warned that such a bottle should always be full.
The conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ruben Asatryan, who later took part in the gala concert, said: “Thanks to Grant Grigoryan, we got acquainted with Yakut classical music, and this is the start of the cultural cooperation of our peoples.”
Chairman of the Union of Armenians of the RS (Y) Andranik Navoyan said: “Our great composer lived a very short life, he had lived in Yakutia for only nine years, but how much he managed to do in those nine years! Our diaspora is proud of him, we want to educate our youth by his example - the example of a man whose work and talent is highly appreciated by the Yakut people. This is the foundation of friendship between our two republics, and this is very important. I want to thank the leadership of the theater, the leadership of the republic for having celebrated the 100th anniversary of our countryman at the highest level.”
The concert was preceded by a heartfelt speech of musicologist Chayanda Skrybykina. Many of those present in the theater learned for the first time that Grant Grigoryan had become interested in the culture of the Eastern peoples while serving in the army. He was a violinist and composer of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Far Eastern Army and became friends with his Yakut fellow-officer Lev Popov. As a student at the Moscow Conservatory, he heard Sergei Zverev, Ustin Nokhsorov and Luka Turnin, and after graduation he came to Yakutia.
“With his works, Grant Grigoryan lifted up Yakut music to classical perfection,” said Chayanda Skrybykina, quoting Suorun Omolloon’s words: "In Yakut music, he became more Yakut than all Yakuts together."
In the second part, the soloist of the Armenian Spendiarov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater Diana Arutyunyan sang Aram Satyan’s vocalise, which the author himself calls the prayer to memory of Grant Grigoryan.
And after the scenes from the Grigoryan's opera ‘Lookut and Nyurgusun’ performed by the choir of the theater, Vladimir Zabolotsky, Dina Okhlopkova and Nikolay Popov, the concert ended with a magnificent performance of the most, perhaps, well-known and beloved song by Grigoryan 'My Beloved Land of Sakha.' Egor Kolodeznikov and the choir sang this song with remarkable enthusiasm, which is considered to be the unofficial hymn of Yakutia.