The State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments has held a wonderful evening of Uzbek and foreign music, which marked the opening of a new season.
The concert program included pieces of music of Uzbek composers – ‘E’tirof’ by K. Azimov, ‘Iftikhor’ by A. Nazarov, as well as world classics – ‘Oblivion’ by A. Piazzolla, ‘Second Rhapsody’ by F. Liszt. Soundtracks to movies ‘Zorro’ and ‘Madagascar’ played the Uzbek national instruments acquired new sound, as well as other compositions.
Artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra Dilshod Mutalov spoke about the future plans of the team.
Which season did the last concert open?
“Our team started its activities in 2014, when two orchestras with more than 70-year history were combined. Those were the Tukhtasin Jalilov State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments and Doni Zokirov Orchestra of Folk Instruments, which recorded folk songs in the Radio Committee. The Academic Orchestra, which I directed since 2010, has performed on the stage, toured the country, introducing viewers to new works by Uzbek composers, and promoting world music. The current combined team consists of more than 50 musicians who are equally masterly playing from music, and folk tunes.”
World classics have a special place in the repertoire…
“Performing world classical music on the Uzbek national instruments was begun in the middle of the last century. Today, this direction goes popular. The program of concerts also includes the compositions of world classics and modern music, for instance, popular music from the movies.”
What does the orchestra present in the new season?
“We plan the evening of Azerbaijani music. It is as beautiful and multi-faceted as the national Uzbek music. We invite musicians from Azerbaijan to participate in the concert. Their acquaintance with our artists and exchange of experience will be a milestone in the professional development of the team. According to tradition, one evening will be dedicated to new works by young composers of Uzbekistan, including Oydin Abdullayeva, Khurshida Hasanova, Aziz Hasanov, and others. By the way, the overture ‘E’tirof’ by Kamoliddin Asimov performed for the first time at the last concert was written specifically for our team. One of the concerts will be devoted to the creativity of our masters. Participation is also scheduled in the 2nd International competition of performers on folk instruments ‘Sozlar Navosi.’ By its terms, participants in the third round will perform with our orchestra. We are waiting for the music from the finalists.”