Christmas melodies featured at Astana Opera

The Astana Opera Theater presented Baroque music on the eve of the holidays. Christmas melodies by renowned Western European composers, combined with the virtuoso performance and refined mastery of Kazakh musicians, created an enchanting spectacle of emotions and a magical atmosphere for the audience. The program of the musical evening featured the theatre’s soloists, the Anima di Barocco string ensemble, and the chamber composition of the Choral Chapel of the Kazakh National University of Arts. According to Batyrzhan Smakov, a famous Kazakh countertenor, Christmas music is diverse, it reflects the festive spirit and harmony, giving bright emotions and enabling to anticipate miracles that will definitely happen these days.

“The concert is dedicated to the global celebration, and we decided to present a colorful, beautiful and very tender performance in anticipation of the New Year. A young composer Arsen Zhumabayev, who has written unique music celebrating Christmas, will also take part in the concert. The event will bring forth the famous melodies of the Christmas holiday,” said Batyrzhan Smakov, Spokesperson for the Kazakh National University of Arts.

“Especially for the concert, I composed music called ‘Folie’. The Folie is an ancient Spanish folk dance based on a constant pattern that is varied and developed,” said Arsen Zhumabayev, a composer.