The State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan received honorary certificates from the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan. The ceremony was held at the National Music and Drama Theater named after Makhtumkuli. Both the orchestra, represented by conductor Rasul Klychev, and vocalists Leili Okdirova and Nury Nuryev were awarded certificates by the divine representative of Kazakhstan in Turkmenistan, Yerkebulan Sapiyev. The orchestra's conductor also received a letter of appreciation signed by Kazakhstan's leader Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.
It was noted that a year ago, celebrations were held in Kazakhstan to mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of Abay Kunanbayev, a Kazakh writer, poet and composer. Turkmenistan's creative team also took part in the events. The musicians performed excerpts from the opera "Abay" by Latif Khamidi and Akhmet Zhubanov.
The musical work was created by composers in 1944 and today is among the best achievements of Kazakh opera art. The opera is based on real dramatic events from the life of the classic of Kazakh literature.
In his speech at the awarding ceremony, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Turkmenistan Yerkebulan Sapiyev noted the active participation of representatives of Turkmen culture in the celebrations to mark the anniversary of Abay Kunanbaev, making a significant contribution to the development of cooperation between the two countries in the cultural and humanitarian field.
After the official award ceremony, the orchestra and soloists delighted those present at the celebration by performing arias from the musical work "Abay. And tenor Atadzhan Berdiyev sang a song composed to lyrics by the first head of independent Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
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