By Laman Ismayilova
As part of the 14th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music
Festival, Azerbaijan's historical and strategic city of Shusha
played host to a splendid open-air concert, Azernews reports,
citing Azertac .
A minute of silence was observed to honor the memory of the
Azerbaijani martyrs, flowers were laid at the statues of Natavan,
Bulbul, and Uzeyir Hajibayli.
Welcoming the guests, Special Representative of Azerbaijani
President for Shusha District Aydin Karimov said that it is a great
honor to hold such grand events in the castle city.
'Any event here inspires us. As you can see, Shusha, the capital
of Azerbaijani culture, has entered a new stage of its development.
Today we hear our national music in Shusha and it makes us very
proud. From this point of view, we bow our heads to the souls of
our soldiers and officers, who died for the freedom of our Shusha
and all our lands in general,' said Karimov.
Next, the Azerbaijani State Folk Instruments Orchestra under the
baton of People's Artist Agaverdi Pashayev performed a spectacular
The soloist of the open-air concert was People's Artist Farhad
The concert program featured Uzeyir Hajibayli's Koroghlu
Overture as well as works by students of the genius composer.
The birthday of Uzeyir Hajibayli is traditionally celebrated as
the National Music Day in Azerbaijan.
On the 110th birthday of the genius composer, Azerbaijan's
national leader Heydar Aliyev decreed 18 September as National
Music Day (1995).
Since 2009, an international music festival dedicated to the
founder of the Azerbaijan school of composition is held in
September. Every year, the festival brings together world-famous
musicians, orchestras, soloists, and conductors. Numerous cultural
events, including gala concerts and festivals, are held across the
country as part of the celebration.
The 14th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival will run
until September 26.
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