Concert to commemorate lifting of siege of Leningrad
‘The Blockade Cello: Meeting 75 years Later’ charity concert was held at the National Research Cardiac Surgery Center in the Kazakh capital to mark the lifting of the Siege of Leningrad. Musical instruments which dated back to the World War two period were the main feature of the event. For instance, this piano is more than 100 years old. During the war, the musical instrument was moved from a Russian city to present-day Kazakhstan, and currently, the piano is placed at the National Research Cardiac Surgery Center. This famous cello was made back in 1941. It was brought to the Kazakh capital by the Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music.
KULYAYSHA AKTAYEVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTAN FIRST PRESIDENT’S LIBRARY:
- Our visitors brought priceless historical musical instruments. 75 years ago, the siege in Leningrad was lifted. This event was extremely important for every country and every nation.
NATALYA METELITSA, DIRECTOR, SAINT PETERSBURG STATE MUSEUM OF THEATER AND MUSIC:
-These two silent exhibits will tell the stories of that historical time through the performance of the young musicians.
At the event, Astana Opera and the Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music musicians performed compositions by Rachmaninoff (Рахманинов) and Shostakovich (Шос-такович), as well as Russian romances and the masterpieces of the Great Steppe. The compositions reminded the audience of the deeds of the heroes who lost their lives (to ensure the lives of their descendants).
ALEKSEI BORODAVKIN, RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
-This is a remarkable event. During the blockade, there were many Kazakh soldiers among those who protected Leningrad (from the aggressors). Several Kazakh divisions fought on the approaches to Leningrad and stopped the fascist invaders. Another important point is that music promotes humanism and people’s kindness. (These melodies encouraged our warriors to win the fight).