By Laman Ismayilova
A spectacular concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was held in Lincoln Center in New York.
The concert was organized by the National Music and Global Culture Society, whose founder and president is the renowned pianist, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, laureate of international competitions, Professor Nargiz Aliyarova, Azertag reported.
This was the first event held by this society, whose purpose is to spread the music of different peoples.
"I am very glad that our first project is dedicated to Azerbaijani music. Our goal is to show the diversity and uniqueness of our music. The concert is attended not only by Azerbaijani musicians, but also by artists from different countries who perform national music and compositions of Azerbaijani composers," Aliyarova said.
Famous jazz pianist Amina Figaro, tar player Jeffrey Werbock, magnificent baritone Nigel Smith, violinist Azer Damirov, pianist Vivien Fang Liu and Nargiz Aliyarova surprised the audience with their performance.
The spectators gave musicians a storm of applause.
Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) is the first secular democratic state in the Islamic world, as well as the first Muslim state where women received electoral rights.
The ADR was established on May 28, 1918 with the goal of building an independent, free, and democratic republic.
Mammad Amin Rasulzade, the brightest and most prominent political figure during those times and the ideological leader of the revolutionary nationalist movement in Azerbaijan, declared Azerbaijan's independence and adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The measures implemented in the field of state construction, the creation of the National Army of Azerbaijan, the announcement of the Azerbaijani language as a state language, establishment of the national anthem, flag and coat of arms have opened a new glorious page in the history of Azerbaijan.
Unfortunately, on April 28, 1920 ADR for a number of reasons ceased to exist. In 1991, after the restoration of its independence, the Azerbaijani people, following the ADR ideals, created a new independent state, developing and successful in all spheres of life.
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