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The Astana Opera Company Makes NYC Debut

(New York City, NY) -- The Astana Opera will debut in New York City on Monday, October 27th at 8:00 PM in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The program entitled "Voice of Asia" will include a special selection of Kazakh folk songs, solos from operas by Kazakh composers Zhubanov-Khamidi, Rakhmadiev and Mukhamejanov, arias from operas by Rossini, Verdi, Bernstein, Offenbach, and Borodin, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto featuring brilliant young violinist Erzhan Kulibaev. The evening's Conductor is Abzal Mulhitdinov. Tickets are $10-$65 and can be purchased by visiting, calling CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800 or at the box office.

This program was created to celebrate the uniqueness of the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Abzal Mukhitdinov. Comprised of virtuoso musicians, the orchestra's repertoire includes not only opera music, but also difficult orchestral works. Cultural staples of the program include the orchestral scherzo "Qudasha Duman", Aidar's aria from the opera Abai by Zhubanov-Khamidi, and music from contemporary Kazakh composers such as as Tolegen Mukhamejanov. Covering a wide range of genres, these pieces illustrate the life and culture of the Kazakh people.

Part I will consist of vocal symphonic music. This part of the concert will feature the orchestral scherzo "Qudasha Duman" written by the outstanding Kazakh composer Ye. Rakhmadiev, that demonstrates the particular musical traditions of Kazakhstan. "Qudasha Duman" is traditionally performed during Kazakh wedding ceremonies, when the bride comes to the groom's house for the first time as his future wife to meet with his friends in joyful celebration.

* The program will feature the dombyra and qobyz, the ancient folk instruments of the Kazakh people. "Tugan Zher" is a brilliant example of romantic melodies. With a synthesis of symphonic music and traditional Kazakh instruments' sounds (such as dombra, shan-kobyz and kobyz), audiences will be transported to the vast expanses of the Kazakh steppe
* Singer Medet Chotabaev, a well-known favorite among Italian audiences who is also regarded as Kazakhstan's premiere tenor, will perform Aidar's aria from the opera Abai by Zhubanov-Khamidi, which is generally considered the finest Kazakh opera written in Kazakh language. A tragic story about love, marriage, death and envy, Abai is one of the first fundamental Kazakh operas written nearly seventy years ago
* Zhupar Gabdullina, whose impressive lyric-dramatic soprano captivated the audience at the Mariinsky Theatre, will perform the part of Odabella from Verdi's opera Attila
* Sundet Baygozhin, the acclaimed baritone and winner of the contest at Arena di Verona, will perform Figaro's cavatina from Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville
* Regarded as the major soprano and mezzo-soprano at the Astana Opera House, Aigul Niyazova and Dina Khamzina will perform the Barcarolle duet from Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
* Alfiya Karimova will perform Kunigunda's aria from Bernstein's Candide in English;
* The Astana Opera Choir will perform the Traditional Spiritual Elijah Rock.

A symphony concert will be presented in Part II. Violin virtuoso and winner of the international Wieniawski Competition Erzhan Kulibaev will play Tchaikovsky's violin concerto.

The magnificent, state-of-the-art Astana Opera House was founded in 2013 and established itself from the outset as a major, progressive force in Central Asia. The Theater is located at the crossroads between East and West and its repertoire combines national traditions and masterpieces of the world classics.

It began its theater's season with several high-profile collaborations with prestigious and legendary theaters such as LaScala, Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Theaters. Nine productions were staged in the first theatre season, each met with great success, including:
* Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Attila" (conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev and staged by famous director Pier Luigi Pizzi), featuring Ildar Abrazakov and Anna Markarova
* Mukan Tulebaev's unique opera "Birzhan-Sara" (produced by Yuri Alexandrov) Conductor - Abzal Mukhitdinov
* Puccini's immortal masterpiece in co-production with La Scala "Tosca" (directed by Luca Ronconi) and opera "La Boheme" (produced by Yury Alexandrov)
* "Sleeping Beauty" and "Spartacus" ballet (staged by Yuri Grigorovich)
* Prokofiev's «Romeo and Juliet» (produced by Charles Jude)
* "The Rodin" ballet (staged by Boris Eifman)
* Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" ballet (staged by Kazakh choreographer Tursynbek Nurkaliyev)

To date, 16 memorandums of cooperation were signed with leading theaters including San Carlo Theater, the world's most ancient theater. The organization now consists of 136 orchestra musicians, 93 choir performers, internationally hailed principals, and the dance ensemble.

Idle Wave To Hold Record Release Party At Asbury Park Brewery
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Pop-punks Idle Wave will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP on Saturday, December 1st at Asbury Park Brewery.  The record release show also includes performances by Skyeline, Roderick, and Pollyanna.
New Jersey Youth Symphony Chamber Music Concert In Chatham On November 18
(CHATHAM, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) Chamber Music Program presents their final concert on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00pm at Chatham United Methodist Church located at 460 Main Street in Chatham. The concert is free and open to the public. Students will perform trios and quartets by Shostakovich, Dancla, Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart. The concert will conclude with the NJYS Octet performing Allegro moderato ma con fuoco from Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.
Backstreet Boys To Perform In Newark
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Backstreet Boys will release their new album, DNA, in January and head off in May on their biggest tour in 18 years.  The tour will take the band throughout Europe and North America with a stop at the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, September 15 at 8:00pm.
UCPAC Presents Father Alphonse Stephenson and Orchestra of St Peter by the Sea
(RAHWAY, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 1st at 8:00pm, the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, led by accomplished conductor, Father Alphonse Stephenson, will be bringing holiday spirit and cheer once again to the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway. This performance will be early on in the Orchestra’s December tour of New Jersey, and it has become a yearly must-see show for dedicated fans at the center.
John Eddie To Perform A Free Concert At Hard Rock Casino & Hotel On Thanksgiving Eve
(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- The Biggest Party Night of the Year is happening in Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21 at 8:30pm featuring a FREE Concert with John Eddie.

Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.
Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!
"Magical!" Poco LIVE! at SOPAC
Music fans are filing into the beautiful South Orange Performing Arts Center auditorium on this gorgeous Saturday, October 13, 2018 evening for a performance by a group that helped to define the genre of country rock — Poco!

Event calendar
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018


MARCUS KING BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST IDA MAE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Gunhild Carling & Friends @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Toto—40 Trips Around the Sun @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Newark History Society Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan: The Life and Legacy of Newark's Own @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:00pm

Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm

Visiting Writers: Michael Waters @ Wilson Auditorium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 4:30pm


Seeger @ The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCCArts), Branchburg - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

THE CHOIR OF MAN @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

OPEN Auditions for Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 7:00pm

Auditions: Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 6:30pm

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