Online concert of the Galkynysh Turkmen-Austrian Orchestra was held in Ashgabat and Vienna
The Viennese musical extravaganza was performed on the stage of the Makhtumkuli National Music and Drama Theater.
The Ministry of Culture and the Diplomatic Mission of Turkmenistan in Austria have prepared an international event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the country’s neutrality.
Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Atageldy Shamuradov made a triumphant speech at the Ashgabat concert venue, congratulating the founder and President of the Turkmen-Austrian Society Neda Berger on the 65th anniversary of Austrian neutrality, which was celebrated in Austria this year.
In response, Neda Berger thanked the Turkmen side for fruitful cooperation and read out a congratulatory poem written in honor of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality:
… Allah blesses Turkmenistan,
Blesses your children and grandchildren
He blesses your neutrality!
From time immemorial, the art of music promotes the rapprochement of peoples. And the only Turkmen-Austrian Symphony Orchestra in Europe, Galkynysh, has been successfully proving this during 11 years. The two capitals of Turkmenistan and Austria focus on the rich musical heritage that continues to exist and sound in different countries of the world thanks to musicians and the Turkmen-Austrian Society, whose main goal is mutual understanding, community and intercultural dialogue.
Continuing the chronicle of cultural meetings at the international level, considering the current epidemiological situation in the world, the musicians of the Turkmen-Austrian orchestra played a large online concert in Ashgabat and Vienna in real time. Over the last year, the format of virtual concert events has become firmly ingrained in our lives, but even in it you can find its advantages, because now it is absolutely clear that there are no barriers for music.
Today, the best musical compositions performed by the State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rasul Klychev and the Austrian Music Quartet under the direction of conductor Wolfgang Harrer, founder and artistic Director of the Galkynysh Orchestra, are performed at two cultural venues.
The online concert contained musical compositions by composers Johann Strauss, Wolfgang Mozart, Nury Halmamedov and Rejep Rejepov. As the Symphony orchestra conductor Rasul Klychev notes, his team was lucky to collaborate with famous Austrian musicians, and thanks to their guidance, Austrian classics are performed at a high level on the Turkmen stage.
Formed in 2009, the Galkynysh Symphony Orchestra is a large group consisting of Turkmen and Austrian musicians. Every year, the capital of Turkmenistan becomes a venue for the Vienna Ball, where the leading role is played by the established international orchestra. The musicians perform classical music by both Turkmen and European composers.
A Videoconference Bridge between Ashgabat and Vienna
On December 4, the Magtymguly National Music and Drama Theater hosted a videoconference bridge linking the Turkmen capital with the Austrian capital, Vienna. The virtual event, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality, aimed to highlight the instrumental role of humanitarian cooperation in the foreign policy pursued by the head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Notably, this year marks the 65th anniversary of the Republic of Austria’s neutrality.
During the online event, President of the Austrian-Turkmen Society Neda Berger congratulated the nation’s leader and the people of Turkmenistan on the upcoming holidays, International Neutrality Day and New Year, on behalf of the people of Austria.
As the head of the Joint Society, she said that it is a great privilege for her to make a personal contribution to fostering a favorable environment for the development of interstate relations, including by implementing cultural projects.
Founded on President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s initiative, the Galkynysh Turkmen-Austrian Symphony Orchestra is one of those impressive projects. Last year, the Orchestra officially celebrated its 10th anniversary and gave a concert performance to mark the occasion.
Artistic director and conductor of the Galkynysh Orchestra Wolfgang Harrer shared his impressions of Turkmenistan and of the joint work with Turkmen musicians and unveiled creative plans for the future, including the ones to be implemented in partnership with the State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan. Maestro W. Harrer emphasized the high professional level of competence demonstrated by his Turkmen counterparts.
The event participants noted that concerts by the Galkynysh Orchestra and Viennese Balls had become iconic symbols of Turkmenistan’s cultural life and the hallmark of a bilateral humanitarian dialogue.
Then, the event continued with music, known to be a universal language. In celebration of 25 years of the country’s neutrality, the State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan performed Johann Strauss’s ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz’, Austria’s unofficial national anthem and an encore piece at the Vienna New Year’s Day Concert.
Members of the Galkynysh Turkmen-Austrian Symphony Orchestra from Vienna performed R. Nepesov’s ‘Fantasy’ and an extract from ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ (A Little Night Music) by W. A. Mozart…
After the musical performances, the videoconference bridge participants wished each other creative discoveries, success, interesting and engaging cultural projects and new contacts not only online but also face-to-face interaction and direct collaboration in different fields.