Astana Opera House celebrates 115th anniversary of Kazakh composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi with performance of opera “Abai”
NUR-SULTAN – This year Kazakhstan celebrates the 115th anniversary of Kazakh composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi.
To mark these anniversaries, the Astana Opera House staged the opera “Abai” on April 29, the theater press service reported. The play will also be presented on July 17, the day Latif Khamidi was born.
Distinguished worker from Kazakhstan and principal conductor of the theater Alan Buribayev, who performed during the opera, shared memories of his great-grandfather Zhubanov.
Buribayev said he learned of Zhubanov’s existence from his family and also studied his music and literary heritage. “His image has been with me since childhood. My mother Sholpan Zhubanova, Akhmet Kuanovich’s eldest granddaughter, tells me a lot about him. My grandfather, academician, Professor Bulat Zhubanov, as well as the youngest daughter of the composer, the academician, Azhar Zhubanova, shared with me many of their memories of him, ”he added.
Zhubanov was a man of many talents who can be compared to Leonardo da Vinci, a great Renaissance figure, according to Buribayev. He was a musicologist and researcher, author of books on Kazakh music.
“Zhubanov made a translation of a book on Paganini, which unfortunately was lost by the publisher. When I conducted the opera “Abai” on the Opera Astana tour of Italy, in Genoa, Paganini’s homeland, I thought about this invisible connection between Zhubanov and Paganini, ”said Buribayev.
The music of the opera “Abai” created by Zhubanov and Khamidi has a powerful effect on the audience, says Buribayev. “Once, a spectator came to me after a performance in Paris with tears in their eyes, saying, ‘This music is about me.’ For me, conducting the Abai opera is an exciting experience.
Zhubanov (1906-1968) is a well-known composer, musicologist, ethnographic researcher of Kazakh folk songs, writer-historian and conductor. He was one of the founders of professional Kazakh musical art. The list of his works includes the operas “Abai” and “Tulegen Tokhtarov” (he wrote with Latif Khamidi), the Kurmangazy memory march, the Kazakh instruments for the orchestra – four suites and other compositions.
He was the founder, first conductor and artistic director of the Kazakh National Orchestra. He contributed to the opening of the Zhambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic. He was a member of the board of directors of the Union of Composers of the USSR and a member of the organizing committee of the Union of Composers of Kazakhstan.