I could name a lot of things that I could have done differently, could have done better: have multiple copies of The Pine Islands
for people to buy and read, introduce the performers properly, ask for everyone's emails to send notifications as many were wondering when the next episodes are going to take place, find a microphone for Abay, REHEARSE MORE.
At the same time, I think it was great to have the opportunity to even do the event, partner with Starbucks and publishing house "MIF" and have the support of Bilimkana Almaty School and Kazakhstan International School. It was a journey filled with mini challenges — the conductor cancelling last minute because he forgot about the event, musicians dropping out, the synthesizer adapter breaking hours before the event, to name a few. But there were a lot of people who went above and beyond to help me bring the concept that's been in my head for months to life.
This event wouldn't have ever been possible without:
narrator Abay Tabynay
cellist Nursultan Alimbekov
violinist Kuralai Tursynbaeva
violist Diana Mukhamediyarova
Vladimir Krestnikov, Starbucks
Daniyar Uteulin, publishing house "MIF"
Natalya Petrovna, head of Bilimkana Almaty School
Elena Maksimova, director at Kazakhstan International School
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