Song and music as an argument in a dialogue

The performance of the Presidential orchestra of Belarus and Irina Dorofeeva won the audience in Gdansk
The performance of the Presidential orchestra of Belarus and Irina Dorofeeva won the audience in Gdansk.

The concert of Irina Dorofeeva, the Ho-noured Artist of Belarus, and the Presidential orchestra conducted by Viktor Babarykin was held in the Baltic Philharmonic Hall named after Frederick Chopin in Gdansk and had a great success. The General Consulate of Belarus to Gdansk and the Baltic Philharmonic Hall were the organizers of the cultural action ‘Music without borders’.

Irina Dorofeeva, accompanied by the orchestra, sang Belarusian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian songs from the re-pertoire of Anna German, Maya Kristalinskaya, and the ‘Czerwone Gitary’ band. The Presidential orchestra conducted by Viktor Babarykin won the audience by folk Belarusian melodies in modern version and energetic jazz interpretations of the fragments from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Lloyd Weber. The performance of the polonaise ‘Farewell to Motherland’ by Michał Kleofas Ogiński was met with a great ovation.

Irina Dorofeeva noted that her dream was to perform in Gdansk. “It was a pleasure for me to sing a song ‘Remedium’ by Seweryn Krajewsky from the repertoire of the ‘Czerwone Gitary’ band which was organized in this city,” said the artist. The Polish composer Krzysztof Ścierański wrote a song ‘Anioły i śnieg’ (‘Angles and snow’) for Irina Dorofeeva specially for the performance in Gdansk. “When we came to Gdansk, it was snowing… I thought that it was a symbolic moment,” Irina Dorofeeva shared her impressions and added that she planned to expand her repertoire of Polish songs.

According to Ruslan Esin, the Ge-neral Consul of Belarus to Gdansk, a positive dialogue between Pomorsky province and Belarusian regions helps to carry out such cultural actions. “I am glad that the city and regional authorities supported the initiative of the General Consulate and Baltic Philharmonic Hall in Gdansk. Due to this fact the residents of Polish Pomorje obtained a possibility to become acquainted with rich culture of our country,” noted the diplomat. According to him, art is one of the best ways to promote the interests of the country abroad. After the performance Belarusian artists laid flowers to the memorial of Soviet warriors who died during the liberation of Pomorje, and to the memorial sign to Yanka Kupala in Gdansk.

Robert Natski
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