Usually the Menestrel is held in the end of February. In 2005
the Festival was deferred close to the women's Day the 8th of
March. "The progressive mankind" doesn't mark this
day, but our women don't feel offended at this fact. Obeying
the caprices of the nature the Festival waited until spring snowstorms
and took place on March 4-6. Judging by women's feedback the
Menestrel was not a men's failure.
During the first two days the Menestrel evenings were held in
the Round Hall of the Culture Center KIM. By tradition they were
opened by a young musician from Vitebsk . This time the chosen
one was Aleksey Dukhovich , a graduate of Smolensk
Music School . He performed several masterpieces by I.S. Bach,
M.M. Ponce and Cir William Walton. In spite of minor vices, Aleksey
sounded very good. No doubt he is going to be a profound guitarist,
just years of work and experience of public performances are
A duet of Viacheslav Golovchik (clarinet) and Tatiana
Kopenkova (guitar) took part in Menestrel by recommendation
of chairman of Minck guitar Club Oleg Kopenkov. It was a bit
unexpected that the clarinet, not guitar, completely dominated
in the duet. Nevertheless the audience enjoyed their “nostalgic”
programme, which was arranged to touch light memories. The
menestrel's founders are grateful to the musicians.
For the first time Menestrel hosted a performance of a representative
of another Belarusian guitar festival “Renaissance of guitar”
which is held in the town of Gomel . Igor Shoshin ,
an organizer of the festival, a composer and guitarist, played
his own compositions such as “Painter” and “Penguins are flying”
as well as several works of belarusian and foreign composers.
A Moscow-based guitarist Ilya Trukhanov represented
so-called contemporary guitar music. It was difficult to define
what dominated in his music, jazz, folk or some other style.
It was undoubtedly original artworks, full of innovative arrangement
and masterly performed. Sometimes his improvisations seemed a
bit too risky, but every time Ilya brilliantly managed to come
back to the main tune. All guitar lovers were at one thinking
that his performance in Vitebsk proved a great success.
March 6, a conclusive day of Menestrel'2005. Big Hall of Culture
Center KIM was full of audience waiting for Ivan Smirnov's
quartet . The company made a real sensation last year
and there were certain doubts if they had created something really
outstanding within such short time. Surely, all our fears were
groundless, the only problem was shortage of time. An hour and
45 minutes of concert turned out absolutely not enough.
The founders of the Menestrel express their sincere gratitude
to “BELINVESTBANK”, “PRIORBANK”, “POLIMARKET” COMPANY and “ERIDAN”
Executive director - Edward Chernivchan
Photos by Igor Gusakov
Settings by Sergey Babura