The workshop performance of The Silent Steppe Cantata Project took place at Philharmonic Hall in Almaty, on March 25, 2011, and was covered by the following media outlets: Kazakh Uedebietі, Liter, South Kazakhstan, New Generation, Radio NS, Khabar TV News, Almaty TV, Aikyn, Kazinform, Izvestia Kazakhstan, Business Kazakhstan, Express-K, Baiterek, Panorama, Country and the World, Kazakhstan Pravda, Altyn-Orda.
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Press inquiries: Joshua Mills, It’s Alive! Media,
"The first workshop of the cantata was exciting not only to the average audience member, but also to demanding audiophiles. To the accompaniment of the folklore-ethnographic ensemble Sazgen Sazy, Timur Bekbosunov sung with brilliance. The audience’s only disappointment was the fact that they could not experience the full version of the cantata, which will be held in Astana in December this year."
Tatjana Aladjina, Express-K
“This international project presents fresh ideas by opening new and often unexpected horizons of creativity. The serious nature and deep content and design of the cantata aroused genuine interest from the public. The Cantata is by far one of the most important international events of contemporary classical music in Central Asia. "
Aigul Beisenova, Business Kazakhstan
“ The film is based not only on beautiful images of landscapes and contrasting scenery of Kazakhstan, but also includes rehearsal moments, interviews with participants, and musical passages. The silence of the great Steppes and the memory of that silence - is golden.”
Vera Lyahovskaya, Izvestiya Kazakhstan
“This is a very special project and a rare occasion, when an American composer shows such interest in Kazakh culture.”
Galiay Shimyrbaeva, Kazakhstan Pravda
"The project is certainly a kind of experience of international cultural exchange. To learn about Kazakhstan, the West needs such projects.”
Gulnaz Kydyrova, Country and the World