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YEREVAN. - Dress rehearsal of the ecumenical prayer to be conducted by Pope Francis tomorrow took place in Yerevan’s Republic Square Friday.

The Armenian News - NEWS.am crew watched the dress rehearsal, which featured Hovhannes Chekijian’s choir and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO).

Classical music will be performed during the prayer.

“The first part will consist of classical Armenian music, while in the second one we swill start with European works and end with Armenian composers Komitas and Aram Khachaturian. Different works will be performed,” said Armenian Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan, who also watched the rehearsal.

Tomorrow German Armenian singer Basents and Armenian Presidential Youth Award Laureate Tigran Ohanian will for the first time perform together with the Philharmonic Orchestra. Several surprises - on which the organizers still keep silent - await Pope Francis.

A large number of citizens watched today’s rehearsal.

The ecumenical prayer will take place at 7:00 pm Saturday. 

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