The remarkable folk artistry of the Kurmangazy Orchestra, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, has drawn rave reviews in London, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo.
The Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, “Academy of Soloists” brings together talented string musicians who are winners of many prestigious international prizes.
It is a young ensemble but has already won acclaim and the gratitude of its listeners in many countries. The Academy’s repertoire includes works by Mozart, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Bernstein, as well as modern Kazakh composers, such as Almaz Serkebayev and Tles Kazhgaliev.
The concerts drew warm reviews from the Washington Post, the Washington Times and brought true pleasure to listeners and helped them develop a feeling for the culture and history of our independent Kazakhstan.
Below is a selection of pictures from both concerts.
Melodies and Songs of the Kazakh Steppes
First ever concerts
of Kazakh traditional and classical music
in the United States of America
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Isaac Stern Auditorium
881 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Thursday, February 3, 2005
The renowned Kazakh State Kurmangazy Orchestra of Folk Instruments and Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra “Academy of Soloists” presented the Melodies and Songs of the Kazakh Steppes for the first time ever in the United States of America.
The concert program included traditional Kazakh melodies, kyuis (koo-eez), reflecting the freedom loving spirit and ancient history of the Kazakhs and their jovial and unfailing good nature, as well as classical music from Kazakhstan and the world beyond Kazakhstan’s borders.