Eurasian Symphony Orchestra directed by the People's Artist of Kazakhstan Aiman Mussakhajayeva gave a gala-concert in the best concert hall of Europe Rudolfinum. Magnificent sound of the Kazakh national instruments impressed the Czech audience from the first notes. The diplomats, politicians and prominent figures of the Czech cultural community came to see the arrangements of the Kazakh musicians. But they were even more overwhelmed by the symbiosis of kyl-kobyz, zhetigen and classical instruments of the symphony orchestra. According to spectators, they had waited for such a wonderful concert for a long time. The audience enthusiastically expressed appreciation in a standing ovation after each arrangement by the Kazakh musicians. Concert lasted for 2.5 hours. Kazakh musicians dedicated their concert to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.

 

Farid SHAFIEV, AMBASSADOR OF AZERBAIJAN TO CZECH REPUBLIC:

Everything that is connected with the Kazakh culture is close to our heart. I really liked the concert and the union of the Western traditions, Western musical traditions and the Kazakh folklore. We had the opportunity to listen to folk instruments. I really liked it. We see so many spectators. They are delighted.

 

Nora KOPECKY, SPECTATOR:

Kazakh musicians are very talented. And I will never forget Kazakhstan. I would like to congratulate all the people of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh President on your great anniversary. I wish you prosperity. I wish all the people to be kind and the music of all peoples to unite us.

 

The audience especially anticipated the performance by the world famous musician Aiman Mussakhajayeva. She had already performed in Prague many times, but every time she manages to impress the local art connoisseurs with her talent and virtuoso technique.

 

Aiman MUSSAKHAJAYEVA, HONORED ARTIST OF KAZAKHSTAN:

This year, we gave concerts at the Moscow Conservatory in the Great Hall, and at the Festival Young Euro Classic. Ahead of the 25th anniversary of our independence, with even greater energy, enthusiasm and mood, we are giving concerts on stages worldwide. Today, at the Rudolfinum Hall we gave another concert. The audience welcomed us warmly. They were touched by the Kazakh national motifs, Schubert, the arrangements of the violinists of Aygolek ensemble. We dedicate all of these concerts to Kazakhstan, Kazakh people, to the 25th anniversary of our independence.

 

The concert featured arrangements of the Kazakh composers - Aktoty Raimkulova, Alkuat Kazakbayev and Rakhat-bi Abdysagin and, of course, world classics – the symphony of Franz Schubert and the concert of Aram Khachaturian. The famous Czech baritone Philip Bandzhak performed together with the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of the Kazakh National University of Arts.

 

Philip BANDZHAK, OPERA SINGER, CZECH REPUBLIC:

Kazakh musicians deserve the best compliments. The concert program was really impressive. And I think they performed professionally. I am pleased to perform at today's gala concert marking the anniversary. For me it is a great joy, and I would like to congratulate all the people of Kazakhstan on the upcoming holiday.

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