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The Christmas Concert in Bishkek

The Philharmonia Hall is the formal concert hall of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - only second to the Opera House. It seats about 1300 people. Coming back to this hall again after a two-year absence felt as if I were coming home. This is where we gave the first Christmas concert in 2009, to be repeated in 2010, and then to present Messiah in 2011 with a Kyrgyz chorus of sixty, which Roger had trained in the preceding four weeks.

I was sitting in my favorite row-row 9 - with an aisle in front of me so that I had a perfect view of the stage and little distraction from taking photos and videos with my camera. A young man and his girlfriend were sitting next to me. "Were you here two years ago at this concert?" I asked him. "No," he replied. "But I heard about it, and that is why I am here."





First Concert in Bishkek

The first concert of the Kyrgyz Choir and Orchestra with singers and soloists from the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was held at the music school where Shostikovitch and Rostropovich had both performed. Since the concert was at 3 p.m., we thought there would be mostly students there. But the auditorium which seated 300 people, began filling up with all kinds of folk-teachers, college students, professional people, Asian faces, European faces, families, and some well-dressed senior citizens.

In the hallway the musicians gathered. Many Kyrgyz, who had performed with us before, recognized me and came to give greetings and hugs. But there were many new faces too. I smiled at them. They seemed to know who I was-an older lady with blond hair and glasses could only be the conductor's wife.





Program S.O.S. for Crimea refugees

See the pictures June 2014

See the pictures May 2014


Concert - Prayer for Ukraine

May 19, 2014

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by Sergey Rachmaninoff

Viktoriya Konchakovska


by John Rutter

Roger McMurrin (USA)

April 14, 2014

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The NEW SONG of Music Mission Kiev
March 13, 2014

Dear Veronica,
The atmosphere in Kiev remains calm, while the Crimea is tense and unpredictable. The reason that many Ukrainians will be boycotting the referendum proposed by the Crimean independent Parliament is not only that it is illegal, according to Ukrainian and international law, but the referendum will ask the people of these regions "whether they want to join Russia as a federal subject, or if they want to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution, and potentially declare independence. On March 11, 2014 the Supreme Council of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council adopted a resolution expressing their intent to declare independence following the referendum. The two options presented in the referendum have been interpreted as either joining Russia now, or later." Beware that the news media may not be telling you the whole truth. There is no choice on this referendum to remain part of Ukraine.