Kazakhstan Brings Its Musical Best to Vienna

January 11. osce2010.kz. VIENNA

Kazakhstan Brings Its Musical Best to ViennaUnprecedented concert of Kazakh folk and world classical music to be given by world famous musicians.

Kazakhstan is bringing more than 100 of its best performers of folk and classical music to Vienna to inaugurate its OSCE Chairmanship in style.

Just as the OSCE Chairmanship for Kazakhstan is unprecedented, so is the concert, taking place in Vienna on such a scale. Kazakhstan became the first post Soviet, predominantly Asian and Muslim state to be given the honour of leading the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The 90-minute concert, to be given on January 13 at 7 p.m. at Hofburg, the official seat of the OSCE in downtown Vienna, will feature performances by the Kazakh State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments after Kurmangazy, the Symphony Orchestra and choir of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet after Baiseitova, and famous singers, laureates of many international contests, including Maira Mukhamedkyzy (Kerey).

The Kurmangazy Orchestra will perform famous and spectacular Kazakh folk tunes such as Sary-Arka, as well as the Johann Brahms’ Hungarian Dance. This orchestra performed in Washington and New York in 2005 to rave reviews in the papers. “The impression of galloping horses across vast, grassy steppes… An intriguing evening,” wrote The Washington Times. “Fast and bright,” commented The Washington Post.

The talent of opera singer Maira Kerey knows no borders. Born to a Kazakh family in China, she moved to Kazakhstan in 1994 and has made a brilliant career on the national and international stage. She made her European stage debut at the Opera National de Paris as Musetta in la boheme with Roberto Alagna, and has since been heard as Adine in L’elisir d’amore at the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy, Opera de Rennes, Theatre de Caen, and the Opera National in Bordeaux.

In Vienna she is to perform Gulderaiym, a Kazakh folk song, and Sylvia’s aria from Imre Kalman’s Die Csardasfurstin (“The Csardas Princess”), which premiered in Vienna in 1915.

Also of particular note is the directing of classical melodies by Alan Buribayev, a renowned Kazakh prodigy who has already directed such famous orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra and who now directs an international orchestra in Sweden.

In addition to Kazakh music, the concert program will include works of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Chopin, Donizetti, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Rossini and others.