Andrei Dementiev: Turns of Time
On November 15, the State Kremlin Palace will host a concert dedicated to the famous poet Andrei Dementiev. The event isentitled “Turns of Time”.
We know by heart many more of Andrey Dementiev's poems than we can really imagine. The thoughts and feelings of the poet for more than half a century have been conveyed in his songs that will this evening be performed on the stage of the main concert hall of the country by Igor Krutoy, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Nikolay Baskov, Zara, Lev Leshchenko, Igor Nikolaev, Turetsky Choir, Alexander Marshall, Valentina Biryukova, Intars Busulis, Mark Tishman, Gleb Matveichuk, Quatro, Kuban Cossack Сhoir, Renat Ibragimov, Jasmin, group The Republic Band, Alexander Kogan, Marie Carne, Dmitry Pevtsov and theater and cinema performers. The concert will be accompanied by the 21st Century Orchestradirected by Pavel Ovsyannikov.
Andrei Dementiev was our contemporary, his great talent was well known and beloved by many. A man of an incredibly bright soul, he generously shared everything with his readers. Dementyev’s works asserted the ideals of romanticism, humanism, and compassion. The characteristic of his poems is a sharp feeling of patriotism, rejection of the negative traits of the present, bitter irony, lyricism, optimism, enjoying simple things, and love to Russia’s nature.
The range of his works is multifaceted. It includes a novel about Mikhail Kalinin (August from Revel, 1970), as well as lyrics to many popular songs of the Soviet epoch (Ballad about the Mother / Alyoshenka, Alyonushka, Swans’ Fidelity, Father’s Home, , etc.) which were performed by Eugene Martynov, Joseph Kobzon, Sofia Rotaru, Lev Leshchenko, Valentina Tolkunova and many other outstanding singers.
He did not live to see his 90th birthday in a matter of days. However, he continues to live in the memory and hearts of each of us with the soulful lines of poetry, favorite songs and deep conversations of his radio talk-show called Turns of Time.
The program may be subject to change.