The Belarusian State Philharmonic to present the symphonic poem “Genesis” on December 25
The symphonic poem “Genesis” for the narrator and orchestra of contemporary Israeli composer Baruch Berliner will be performed on December 25 at the Belarusian State Philharmonic.
The poem will be performed in Belarus for the first time. According to the organizers, this is a seven-part cosmogony on the texts of the Torah which tells about the stages of the Divine Providence and the world order, reflecting the central events of the first 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”.
Baruch Berliner emphasized, “I wanted to bring the Bible closer to the listeners, to give them a chance to hear the Divine Word in an accessible form. Having created man in His own image, Gоd enabled him to choose between good and evil. And our responsibility is to make the right choice in life. This is the main message of my work”.
Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms”, the most famous work in the cantata-oratorio genre for soloist, choir and orchestra, will also be performed at the concert. “This monumental masterpiece on the texts of the Psalms of David was written in 1965. It is named in honor of the Choir of Chichester Cathedral in England, for which Bernstein composed this work. This work is a kind of mix of academic music, elements of jazz, rock and schlager, because Bernstein was an experimental musician. This score also includes Afro-American folklore and old Jewish chants,” added at the Philharmonic.
Honored Collective of Belarus State Academic Choir named after G. Shirmy will take part in the concert.
The conductor will be Mikhail Kirkhhoff, who is the principal conductor of the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra, the principal conductor of the Kaliningrad State Musical Theatre, the artistic director and principal conductor of the Eurasian Stars Festival, the principal conductor of the Ak Ertis Festival, the president of the Foundation of the Eurasian Art Development, the lecturer of the State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov in Moscow. In addition, he was a conductor in the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet and Samsun State Opera and Ballet in Turkey, the principal guest conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra “Academy of Soloists” in Kazakhstan, held 10 performances as part of the tour of the Karaganda Academic Theater of the Musical Comedy in Almaty, a joint tour with Haik Kazazyan, Boris Andrianov and Philipp Kopachevsky in the cities of Russia and repeatedly performed with various orchestras in Russia, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Kazakhstan, Latvia, etc.