Festival “Bible Evenings in Almaty” will be held at the Zhambyl Philharmonic
The well-known stories of Adam and Eve, of their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, of Cain and Abel and the story of Noah will be performed at the festival Bible Evenings in Almaty, which is held by the Jambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The first festival Biblical Evenings in Almaty will include three concerts, in which music of different composers, written on biblical texts, will be performed. The leitmotif of the festival will be the music of the Israeli composer Baruch Berliner. Berliner is a remarkable person: composer, scientist, poet, author of several major symphonic works. His music is accepted and understood both in Israel and around the world.
On June 17 at 19.00 Berliner’s concerto for cello and orchestra “Jacob’s Dream” will open the festival programme. Each part has its own name: the first part is “The Blessing of Isaac”, the second part is “Jacob’s Dream”, the third part is “The Prayer” and the fourth part is “The Gates of Paradise”. Also, you will get a chance to hear Paganini’s Variations on a theme from Rossini’s “Moses” and Verdi’s Overture to “Nabucco”. The concert will be performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan. Conductor is Mikhail Kirchhoff and soloist is Boris Andrianov, Honored Artist of Russia.
On June 20 at 18.00 Berliner’s symphonic poem for the narrator and orchestra “Genesis” will be performed. The work contains seven central chapters of the Book of Genesis: “The Creation of the world”, “Adam and Eve”, “The Expulsion from Paradise”, “Cain and Abel”, “Noah”, “The Flood” and “The Token of Covenant”. These chapters are identical in all religions and make this work popular all over the world. The concert will be performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan. Conductor is Mikhail Kirchhoff and the text is read by Mikhail Tokarev, Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
On June 22 at 19.00 Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Berliner’s oratoria “Abraham” for narrator, choir and symphony orchestra in five parts will be performed. Abraham is the central biblical character. The oratoria tells about his life, his path and his uncompromising faith in God. It is noteworthy that this character is found in many religions: in Islam – Ibrahim, in Christianity – Abraham, in Judaism – Avraham. The concert will be performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan. Conductor: Kanat Omarov. Venue: Baykadamov State Choir Chapel. Artistic director: Beimbet Demeuov. The text is read by Mikhail Tokarev, Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Kirkhhoff is the principal conductor of the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra, the artistic director and principal conductor of the Eurasian Stars Festival, president of the Foundation of the Eurasian Art Development.
Boris Andrianov is a Russian cellist, one of the leading musicians of his generation, the ideological inspirer and leader of the Generation of Stars project, within the framework of which concerts of young talented musicians are held in different cities and regions of Russia.