"From Gabala to Johannesburg, The music knows no borders" held in S.Africa

Baku, November 13, AZERTAC

A classic music concert called “From Gabala to Johannesburg, The music knows no borders” was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 12-13.

The event is devoted to the 90th establishment anniversary of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and 20th anniversary of establishment of democracy in South Africa.

The event has been co-organized by Azerbaijani Embassy in South Africa, Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the South African NGO “Friends of Azerbaijan.”

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to South African Republic Elkhan Polukhov addressed the audience, provided comprehensive information about the Republic of Azerbaijan, establishment of its embassy in SAR, the relations between the two counties.

The audience was also addressed by Ivor Ichikowitz, South African businessman, founder of the philanthropic organisation Ichikowitz Family Foundation which supports educational and developmental programs. He spoke of the historical importance of the concert.

Works of Azerbaijani classical music luminaries such as Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov, Soltan Hajibeyov and many others were performed by Azerbaijani conductor Yalchin Adigozelov, Saida Tagizade (piano) and Alexey Miltukh (violoncello) along with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program included the world's premiere by Sevda Ibrahimova “Confession”, which was performed on the stage of the famous "Linder" concert hall.

The concert was attended by foreign ambassadors accredited in SAR, representatives of diplomatic missions, officials, members of Azerbaijani and Turkish communities, music lovers and media reps.

A book fair of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation offered many editions to the visitors.

This year, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra took part in the traditional Gabala International Music Festival, where it gave a number of concerts during the ten-day event.

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