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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Dmitri Khvorostovsky Wows Slavyansky Bazar Audience for the First Time

Filed under: art music,cultural,music,patriotic,pop,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

People’s Artist of Russia Dmitri Khvorostovsky (1962- )

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People’s Artist of Russia Dmitri Khvorostovsky was unquestionably triumphant at the 19th Slavyansky Bazar International Art Festival in Vitebsk.

Dmitri Khvorostovsky at the 2010 Slavyansky Bazar

This unique baritone, a Siberian prodigy, who has graced the major stages of the world, had the honour to represent all of Russia. For the first time in the nearly 20-year history of the Slavyansky Bazar Festival, instead of the usual “ensemble” presentation on the National Day of Russia, it was decided to replace it with a gala concert of a solo performer. However, Khvorostovsky decided not to include any operatic arias into his concert programme, according to ITAR-TASS.

Syabry at the 2010 Slavyansky Bazar

His opening remarks were greeted with applause. The Byelorussian fans gave him a thunderous ovation. In an elegant black shirt, looking courageous and dignified, he appeared on stage and sang Утро туманное (Misty Morning). Then, he segued into Однозвучно Гремит колокольчик (Lonesome Bell) and О, если б мог выразить в звуке (Oh, if I Could Express in Sound). One song followed another, that inimitable velvet voice had feeling, restraint, and passion, more and more bewitching the listeners. Then, he gave us Темная ночь (Dark Night), Эх, дороги (Oh, the Roads), Жди меня (Wait for Me), Катюша (Katyusha), and other songs of the war years.

Khelena Bondrachkova at 2010 Slavyansky Bazar

Today’s programme of at the Slavyansky Bazar in Vitebsk is the National Day of Belarus. The “trump card” will be a concert dedicated to the memory of the musician and People’s Artist of the USSR, Vladimir Mulyavin, the founder of the legendary group Pesnyary.

11 July 2010

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/07/11/11996098.html

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President Medvedev Sent Birthday Greetings to People’s Artist of Russia Yelena Kamburova

Yelena Kamburova (1940- ), People’s Artist of Russia

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“As a talented singer, you devoted your life to music, created your own unique style, and achieved great heights of creativity. Each of your presentations is a genuine musical and poetic performance, which elicits deep admiration from the public”, the President’s birthday greeting said.

“ITAR-TASS quoted President Medvedev as saying, “Today, you continue to make great contribution to the development of our motherland’s culture, you are doing much to educate a new generation of artists”.

You can hear her voice in more than 100 movies and cartoons. Her roles included parts in the films Монолог (Monologue), Театр неизвестногоактера (Theatre of an Unknown Actor), Мой нежно любимый детектив (My Dearly Beloved Detective), and others. Since 1992, she has been the artistic director of the Theatre of Music and Poetry.

11 July 2010

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/07/11/12000683.html

12 July 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. A Tale of Two Pictures…

Let’s look at two pictures.

Here’s the first, from Yekaterinburg, at the Imperial Days Festival:

THOUSANDS of people from all over Russia, the CIS, and around the world came to honour the memory of the Royal Martyrs.

Here’s the second, from the OCA:

Only 80 people, from all over the USA and Canada, came to JP’s little soirée. One of these things is not like the other… one is vibrant and full of health… the other is inbred and sclerotic.

Which one would YOU want to be joined with? You CAN’T be part of both… they’re fire and water. Choose well…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 11 July 2010

Albany NY

Britain Denied Entry Visas to Children from the Ukraine and Belarus

Filed under: diplomacy,legal,politics,Russian,the Ukraine — 01varvara @ 00.00

What kind of heartless bastard would deny a visa to a kid so that they could enjoy the sun and the beach? It takes all kinds, I know that, but striking at a kid is LOW. It doesn’t raise my estimation of Anglo-Saxons, that’s for sure!

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Entry officials in the United Kingdom unexpectedly denied visas to children from the areas of the former Soviet Union affected by the Chernobyl accident, The Independent reported.

Without any explanation, British entry officials informed local charitable organisations who organise monthly recreational holidays for children from Ukraine and that Belarus that they would not issue entry visas to them. According to these charitable groups, which have provided holidays in Britain for children who are victims of the 1986 tragedy, often with the aid of British families, for tens of thousands of affected children, they just gave up. One of the organisers said, “Our work is now impossible, British officials refuse too many visas at the last minute”.

According to the charity “Lifeline for the Children of Chernobyl”, only seven of the last group of 17 children were able to have a holiday with a family on the Isle of Wight. Ten children in the group were denied visas at the last minute. Eight of the visa denials came from entry officials through the organizations “Doctors and Chernobyl”. According to Linda Walker, the executive director of “Lifeline for the Children of Chernobyl”, “I simply couldn’t understand why the court wouldn’t issue the visas. In the past 12 years, we never faced such problems. Children returned home from Britain relaxed, with a more optimistic attitude to life”. Now, the visa office requires evidence proving the need for such a trip. “If the officials have any doubts, they deny us visas, denying children a chance to rest, which means so much to them”, Ms Walker said to ITAR-TASS.

11 July 2010

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/07/11/12030536.html

Editor’s Note:

I would like all so-called “conservatives” to stop braying about the “freedom” and “democracy” of the Anglosphere as compared to Russia. Anglo-Saxons should also stop preening themselves about how “superior” they are compared to us untermenschtumen. I know that the ordinary lot in Britain, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand are much better people than the PC suburban swill who purport to speak for them. Unfortunately, people in other parts of the world don’t see them… they see the worst examples of the Anglosphere… therefore, they conclude that everyone from the Anglo-Saxon countries is greedy, grasping, violent, irreligious, pompous, and gauche. I know that this isn’t so… look at the families that took the Chernobyl kids in… that’s the ticket. Don’t talk to me about “freedom” when you deny visas to kids. If that’s “freedom” and “democracy”, you may keep them, thank you very much. The Russians opened their hearts to the kids from the Chinese earthquake zone and to the kids from South Ossetia. The British… tell kids to go to hell.

The British officials get a Golden Evil George Weigel Award… it’s the sort of hypocritical posturing that Mr Weigel engages in. The English families who opened up their hearts… now, THAT’S humanity! Denying visas to kids… I’ll retire to Bedlam with Mr Scrooge. AARGH!

BMD

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