Acting Legend John Malkovich Arrives in Armenia

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YEREVAN (Panorama/Panarmenian.am) — American actor, producer, director and scriptwriter John Malkovich arrived in Armenia on Monday, October 9, to attend the opening ceremony of the fifth Aram Khachaturian International Festival, which was scheduled to take place on October 11.

The Hollywood star was to perform at Aram Khachaturian Grand Concert Hall with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan at the opening of the festival.

Malkovich performed a chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s novel On Heroes and Tombs jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke, one of the most eminent musical figures of the second half of the 20th century. The pianist is Anastasya Terenkova.

John Malkovich performed the work for the first time in Seoul 2015 and later on in Buenos Aires in 2016, he said.

“I have used an adopted chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s On Heroes and Tombs novel in the text. The part that I have taken is called Report on the Blind,” he detailed.

Malkovich said he has already performed sight pieces with classical musicians and has had fantastic experiences, enjoying the collaboration with them.

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“The music, on its own, has kind of universal power, especially live music and classical music,” the artist said.

Speaking about his choices of literary works and the worldwide interest towards literature, he said: “When I listen to a piece, I have to listen to it many-many times before I can say, ok, with that piece of music I think I will try to pair this text. The text cannot really compete with music, it kind of has to slide between music and complement music. It is a difficult task to pair the text with music. In a piece like this, your aim is to make the two forms of art complete each other.”

In response to a question which is the quarantine of eternity for good music, film or a work of art, the actor said: “Those works are eternal that deeply touch human beings.”

On Tuesday, he met with President Serzh Sargsyan.

The president said it’s a great pleasure to host the talented artist in a country that deeply values the power of art, and whose people have been able to create an incredible cultural heritage and make a unique contribution to the development of global civilization.

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“I know the Armenian audience will have the privilege to enjoy your performance which will forever be imprinted on their minds,” Sargsyan said, expressing hope that Malkovich will have the chance to know Armenia and its rich legacy better.

Malkovich said he was looking forward to his performance for the Armenian audience.

Also on Tuesday, Malkovich visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan to pay tribute to the memory of 1.5 million victims.