February 26, 2015
ART.....Light Genre, Serious Music
The Tashkent State Theatre of Musical Momedy (operetta) commences work on a series of subscription concerts. The Theater’s symphony orchestra will be provided with a scene, where musicians will play musical pieces and tell spectators stories on their originality, about musical instruments and a great deal more. “It is an important additional opportunity for musical education of the growing generation,” says Botir Rasulov, chief conductor and head of the Theatre’s symphony orchestra, Merited art worker of Uzbekistan, who was awarded the ‘Dostlik’ (Friendship) Order on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence.

Mr.Rasulov, music of various trends resounds in the Theater, starting with classical operettas and ending up with modern rhythms. Are there many all-round musicians in your orchestra who have good command of diverse musical styles?

“Endowed musicians with all-round education make up the nucleus of the orchestra. Because of the very nature of musical comedy, they have to be able to play practically all major musical trends and directions, starting with classics and folk music to jazz improvisations. And it is up to a conductor how to manage various elements of the music. Moreover, the orchestra, like the Theater has shaped a multinational group represented by 12 nationalities, and every one of them contribute their own colors into their performance. Many of them are soloists of jazz and variety orchestras.”

You have been a conductor and producer of more than 40 plays. What are the plays you remember most?

“For all that it is the genre classics – Johann Strauss’ operettas “King of Waltz” and “The Bat”, which were highly appreciated by spectators, as well as those of Laggard and Calman. Although the genre is considered a light one their music is rather serious, deep and requires a painstaking effort from musicians. Getting ready for their rendition we listen to performances of the best orchestras of the world. Plays by Uzbek composers Valery Saparov, Alisher Ikramov and Ulughbek Salikhov rank high in our repertoire. The music they compose, similar to works by Anvar Ergashev, author of two musical performances “The Little One” and “Our Maisara”, the first nights of which were held recently, are quite colorful and filled with national tunes and melodies.”

Have you always dreamt of becoming a conductor? “In my younger days I used to play a gijjak (Uzbek string instrument) while working for the orchestra of national instruments and the National symphony orchestra. Such concerts were real discoveries of the time – playing classical music with national instruments. Ghijjak played the violin part in pieces of music by Serrates, Venyavsky, Sen-Sans and Mendelsohn. As a soloist I was a double winner of the first Republican competitions of national instrument performers. But the profession of a conductor kept attracting me. Upon graduation from the Conservatoire, where I specialized in “conducting opera and symphony music”, in 1979 I was assigned to work at the Theater of operetta as a chief conductor.” But you are also an artistic director and chief conductor of the Youth symphony orchestra of the Uspensky Republican Music Lyceum…

“I have been leading this team for ten years now. It is a winner of the State prize “Nikhol” (the Bud). The orchestra staff includes the most talented students of the Uspensky Music Lyceum. We conduct charity concerts within the framework of the ‘Children to Children’ project, which ‘Uzbekistan Today’ more than once told its readers about, and we took part at the International Music Festival ‘Sharq Taronalari’ (Melodies of the East) and recorded our performances for TV. Working with the youth is an inspiring thing. Surely one feels sad when time comes to say them ‘Goodbye’ – children continue their education at the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. But then come others, not less talented young people, and the work goes on. As of this year I also teach “general conducting skills” at the Conservatory.”

Your spouse is a prima donna of the Theater of Operetta and Honored Actress of Uzbekistan Dinara Minyayeva. Is there enough room for two creative personalities under one roof?

“She rushed in to the Theater repertoire in 1994 and today performs practically all leading parts. Her latest roles include Donna Lucia in B. Thomas’ ‘Hello, I am your Aunt’ and Beatrice in K. Goldoni’s ‘Servant of two Masters.’ We lively discuss every next performance at home. I think that spouses have to share their ideas. The saying is right when it says that a husband and wife should look in one direction, not at each other.” (Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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