Symphony Orchestra of Kurmangazy in Concert at The Kennedy Center
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Pink Martini has always been an intriguing musical cocktail, an artisanal mix of jazz, retro lounge music and witty homages to the film scores of the '40s and '50s. But now their sound has been spiked by an altogether unexpected ingredient: the von Trapp family singers. These new von Trapps, descendants of the original apple-cheeked, Nazi-escaping von Trapps of The Sound of Music fame, join the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Joey Arias, Michael Feinstein and Hiroshi Wada as distinguished Pink Martini collaborators. Together, the young singers and the Portland-based orchestra recently released an acclaimed album, Dream a Little Dream, a smorgasbord of classic and brand new songs. Now both will journey to the Kennedy Center where Pink Martini will pick up where it left off after its sold-out 2011 engagement with the NSO Pops. Learn More
When you go to an event at the Kennedy Center, make certain to see what is playing at the Millenium Stage. A free performance is offered at 6:00 every night. I saw a wonderful set of Broadway show tune sung by very talented students from Catholic University.NSO: Koh Plays Barber info • Nov 01 2013 star this tip starred
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I didn't know quite what to expect from this concert, but it was a great delight and highly enjoyable. The musicians are young, and play with great enthusiasm, and their conductors are also young and enthusiastic. The Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet was done very well, and the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto was also well-played, although the pianist did not milk the music for all its emotion in my opinion. The second half featured a folk-music ensemble of 5 playing on traditional Kazakh instruments, such as lute-like instruments, drums of various sorts, a type of zither, a beautiful-sounding vertical flute, jaw's harps,and a mournful bowed string instrument that was very old. Only having formed the ensemble in 2008, the performers were very gifted and exhibited an appealing showmanship, aided by their colorful costumes. I knew nothing about authenticity or otherwise, but judged it a very enjoyable chance to hear traditional Kazakh folk songs. The highlight for me was a contemporary composition by the composer Aktoty Raimkulova----she is a dean at the Kurmangazy Kazakh national Conservatory, but apparently has written numerous compositions that have been performed in Europe at least. This symphonic poem combined the classical orchestra with the folk ensemble in fascinating ways---the orchestra seemed to be "learning" from the folk ensemble in the sense of developing very colorful and unusual sonorities, pitch-bending of the clarinet solo, evocative marimba-type percussion. There was a beautiful episodic flow to the music, with the orchestra handing-off the music to the smaller group in very interesting ways, sometimes descending to very quiet passages where the haunting sound of the stringed folk instrument could be heard like the winds across the steppes, very lonely. The ending of the piece featured the dramatic appearance of a very special instrument---I won't spoil the surprise. It would be a shame if this piece is not recorded and made available on CD. The finale was Bernstein's Candide Overture, and the orchestra seemed to have warmed up even more in the 2nd half, delivering an exciting, sparkling, clean, effervescent performance of this lovely music. Both conductors were excellent at drawing forth the maximum from their musicians, and had wonderful podium presence. The encore was an exciting piece from that part of the world, but one I was unfamiliar with. I left with a very happy feeling.
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I did not know what to expect from the Khazhkstan orchestra, but this far exceeded and surpassed all my expectations. This professional, extremely talented orchestra amazed me with their beautiful, perfected orchestrated music. The group Turan was...continued
Christophe Mangou, conductor
Kanat Omarov, conductor
Jania Aubakirova, piano
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Traditional – Two compositions: “Baksy” and “Kerogly”
Performed by the ethnographical folklore ensemble Turan
Raimkulova – Symphonic Poem “Jamilya”, in memory of Chinghiz Aitmatov
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
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