Brazil’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­brated in Baku

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By Rashid Shiri­nov

In his speech at the event, the Brazil­ian Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan San­ti­ago Luis Bento Fer­nan­dez Al­cazar noted that this year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of Azer­bai­janiBrazil­ian diplo­matic re­la­tions and 10 years since the open­ing of the Brazil­ian Em­bassy in Baku.

Deputy for­eign Min­is­ter Mah­mud Mam­madguliyev, in turn, said that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries are de­vel­op­ing in all di­rec­tions, and noted that Brazil’s sup­port in the Nagorno-Karabakh is­sue is very valu­able for Azer­bai­jan. The deputy min­is­ter con­cluded his speech with con­grat­u­la­tions and good wishes to the Brazil­ian peo­ple and state.

Af­ter the na­tional an­thems of Azer­bai­jan and Brazil were played, the gala con­cert of classical Brazil­ian and Azer­bai­jani mu­sic started.

The Baku Vir­tu­osos cham­ber orches­tra headed by Rovshan Am­rakhov and led by the chief con­duc­tor of the orches­tra, hon­ored artist of Azer­bai­jan Eyyub Guliyev, to­gether with hon­ored artists Farida Mam­madova (so­prano), Sabina Asadova (mezzo-so­prano) and lau­re­ate of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions Ramiz Sevdi­maliyev (vi­bra­phone), per­formed works of the Brazil­ian clas­sics Ary Bar­roso, Luiz Bonfa, Ze­quinha de Abreu, Ser­gio Men­des, Ney Rosauro, and com­po­si­tions of Heitor Villa-Lo­bos. Many of the com­po­si­tions were played for the first time in Azer­bai­jan.

Along with Brazil­ian mu­sic, the Baku Vir­tu­osos per­formed sam­ples of classical mu­sic by the great Azer­bai­jani com­posers Gara Garayev and Fikrat Amirov.

A spe­cial sur­prise for the pub­lic was the world pre­miere of the work “Sculpt­ing Mario de An­drade’s Words by Ital­ian com­poser Ste­fano Mus­car­i­tolo. Based on the “Dan­cas” poem by De An­drade, the work was spe­cially writ­ten on the oc­ca­sion of the In­de­pen­dence Day of Brazil.

The per­for­mance of the orches­tra was warmly re­ceived by lis­ten­ers and caused a storm of ap­plause. The au­di­ence sev­eral times gave stand­ing ova­tion.

The diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Brazil were es­tab­lished on Oc­to­ber 23, 1993. In ad­di­tion to em­bassies, each coun­try cre­ated Brazil-Azer­bai­jan In­terPar­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Groups in 2012 and 2013.

The two coun­tries de­velop eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions in all di­rec­tions, and they have es­tab­lished a work­ing group on co­op­er­a­tion in trade and econ­omy. Azer­bai­jan and Brazil share com­mon com­mit­ments to univer­sal val­ues, the rule of in­ter­na­tional law, the prin­ci­ples of the United Na­tions, in­clud­ing re­spect for ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, sovereignty and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of bor­ders.

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