On August 26, 2018, the III International Festival of Ukrainian Retro Music named after Bogdan Vesolovsky will be held at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. In his program - Competition of young performers (beginning at 15.00) and Gala-concert of the Festival (beginning at 19.00).
The festival is intended to promote the legacy of Ukrainian retro music of the 30-60s of the last century, as well as to bring back the unjustly forgotten names of Ukrainian composers. Two previous festivals were held in Lviv (2015) and Poltava (2017), significantly expanding the range of performers and listeners of Ukrainian retro music.
The festival has an interesting feature - this year on the stage of the Odessa Opera will meet two "Hearts". The first "Heart" is the tango of the composer Isaac Dunaevsky, which we know in the performance of the famous Odessa Leonid Utesov (by the way, I. Dunaevsky was born in the city of Lovech, which is in Poltava region).
L. Utiosov entered the history of musical culture as one of the founders of Soviet jazz, in particular, he stood at the origins of "Thea Jazz" (dramatized jazz), which was created in October 1929 and in 1934, released a film "Funny guys" , in which the "Heart" sounded, which "does not give anyone rest" and in our day.
The second "Heart" is the tango of the outstanding composer Bogdan Vesolovsky. The first soundtrack of this song was made in Canada in 1953, namely the tango performed by the 17-year-old Miroslava Verbitskaya, a Ukrainian woman from Montreal.
Interestingly, along with "Teja-jazz" in Lviv, a jazz band "Leonid Yablonsky's Chapel" ("Yabtso-jazz") was organized, in which the talent of composer and musician B. Vesolovsky was revealed. Consequently, both B. Vesolovsky and L. Utiosov are involved in the creation of the first jazz bands of the last century.
The creative legacy of composer Bogdan Vesolovsky has more than 30 tango, so he entered the history of Ukrainian retro music as the "father" of Ukrainian dance music and the "father" of the Ukrainian tango.
This year's festival in the Odessa Opera is not a coincidence. B.Vesolovsky's songs sounded on many operatic scenes of the world, performed by well-known soloists of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Andrew Dobryansky, who recorded the entire track of songs by B.Vesolovsky, Ivanka Migal, and also Olga Pavlova from Winnipeg and many other opera singers. Many contemporary Ukrainian opera singers also sang his songs - among them Volodymyr Ignatenko, Volodymyr Chaika, Igor Kushpler, Lesya Borovets, Oleg Likhach and others. Two albums of songs by B.Vesolovsky ("Gorzhina", "My heart is vulnerable") was recorded by Oleg Skrypka.
The festival has a wide international sound. Within the limits of the Festival the competition of young performers is held. The winners of previous competitions were Stephania Romanyuk from Canada and Oliver from Italy. This year the chairman of the jury will be the outstanding Ukrainian composer Hero of Ukraine, People's Artist of Ukraine Myroslav Skoryk, and the members of the jury are the soloist of the Odessa Opera Larysa Stadnichenko, a well-known Ukrainian singer, composer, poetess Illarius, and the famous Polish singer Christina Machjevska.
K.Macheevskaya is a popular Polish singer, who has performed in many countries of the world - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Kazakhstan, the USA and others. She recorded a bilingual album of Ukrainian songs, among them "Stozhari", "Vodograi", "Flying Seagulls like". K.Macheevskaya sings also the song "Will Come Alone" by Bohdan Vesolovsky. The singer is the organizer of festivals named after Janusz Gniakkowski, her husband and famous Polish singer, whose 90th anniversary is celebrated this year.
The guests and contestants of the Third Festival will have a whole galaxy of young performers who have "illuminated" in the project "Voice of the Country": Illaria, Ivanka Chervinska, who will perform with the group "Gypsy Lyre", Zenoviy Karach, who will enter the stage with the group "Wszystko", etc. . Also in the Odessa Opera we will see the bright Poltava group "Churaevna" and laureates of the 1st and 2nd festivals Lydia Kretau and Alina Filippyuk. The participants of this year's festival will be the People's Artist of Ukraine Maria Burmaka and the winner of the II Festival Gleb Kudryashov.