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Mikhail Turkish: Promised father-veteran to sing on squares of USA and Europe

Songs of Victory "Katusha" and "Smugljanku" sang in chorus

A real historical marathon called "Songs of Victory" was held from 3 to 12 May by the Turkish choir and the SOPRANO group. Such an event, when the songs devoted to the Great Patriotic War, sounded on the central squares of many countries, occurred for the first time. For 10 days The famous team performed in Paris, Ljubljana, Vienna, Berlin, Minsk, Moscow, Ashdod, New York (UN and Battery Park). The head of the choir, Mikhail Turkish, told about how the dear each sportsman compositions were met in Europe and America.


-Mikhail, did your performances attract the attention of our compatriots or did you fight for the foreign audience?

-The events gathered in each city for several tens of thousands of people. In addition to our compatriots, there were many foreigners. Favorite songs of several generations sang all over the world! including "Katusha", "Smugljanku" and even "do Russian wars?" in 10 days we drove eight countries, five generations of people were involved in these performances, including children and veterans. People who speak different languages have heard our songs. Naturally, these were not songs only about war and the world, there were other international hits to involve in an audience not only Russian-speaking audience: Frenchmen in Paris, Americans in America. We called these concerts "unity songs" – "Songs that Unite". and on concrete reviews It is possible to judge, that people who did not know our country, have told that Russia opens for them after such actions completely on the other side. They had not previously imagined a nation that sings together and cries, and laughs together. And for them this project fully reveals the essence of the Russian person, his soul.


Of course, these events mostly come from spectators who are well aware of the Turkish choir, but also people who are in mixed marriages, those who are interested in Russian culture. A little bit we speak French and English, a little bit in Russian. But the main thing is that people need an emotion, see what is happening in the hall, and our compatriots create the necessary atmosphere. And it becomes clear to foreigners what victory means for us.

-How did the idea of this marathon?

"As part of a marathon called" Victory songs, "We made a concert in Berlin last year. And he had an incredible emotional response: More than 20,000 people came to the central square of Berlin, which is a kilometer from the Reichstag. And at the same time 8 million people were in online viewing on this holiday. And everyone was impressed by this performance, because it was out of the category of the impossible. Songs of Victory: "Katyusha", "Smugljanka", "Buhenvaldskij alarm", "I drove from Berlin", "Three Tankmen",-were sounded in the capital of Germany. And that means that the world is changing. Once I was a veteran father who passed from Moscow to Berlin, was a participant of the break-up of the Leningrad blockade and returned from Berlin home on foot, promised this concert. Then, in 2008, he was 95 years old, and he said: "You will never be given this opportunity!" and here the dream becomes a reality. And after so successfully passed all last year, we have decided to expand geography and have already made a marathon. It was a gift of the Moscow government to the European capitals, Israel and the USA. The action was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

-What is the significance of such performances?

"The attitude towards Russia is changing at such events, and we are gathering full areas of people. For example, we performed in Ljubljana. Slovenia is a country of NATO, former Yugoslavia, but there are monuments to liberators soldiers who died in the first and Second World wars. And they respect and honor this victory of the Soviet soldiers. Spoke in Vienna, well it is clear: "Remember Vienna, remember the Alps and the Danube." Berlin was also quite logical. Further Israel, the place where today May 9th Day is recognized as a national public holiday. The next event, a concert in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, was at all in jeopardy. Our flight was canceled, the plane broke down. We reached on the folding, three planes with docks. A total of 28 hours en route and we're in New York. Immediately from raced airport to the UN, without going to the hotel. We are a half hour waited and senators, and congressmen, diplomats of different countries, veterans, just Russian-speaking guests. We were on the adrenaline, gave a powerful concert. There was a combined program: The concert began with the song of Frank Sinatra "New York, New York", and then we sang "Victory Day", "Moscow Evenings", well, of course, there were arias from operas, and French, and Spanish hits. To unite people. The next day, on May 12, was a performance in Battery Park, this is the southern part of Manhattan overlooking the Statue of Liberty. America Starts here! It was so impressive: a transparent scene, behind the Statue of Liberty, and we say that Russia and America are two shores of the same river, the river of the world. And that today it is necessary to unite, that Russia, the European Union, Kazakhstan, Israel and the USA should become one whole to preserve our fragile world. Through music, kindness, sincerity, spirituality, emotional ascent is easier to reach people than through a dry diplomatic language confession. And even the guards, African Americans, became our friends. I came back on such a rise: May 3 was Paris and the final concert in New York on May 12.

-Moscow is also in the list of places of your performances. Was there a different concert in our capital from performances in European and American cities?

-There was a great concert at the Belarusian station, where we gathered a huge audience, even on the pillars of the overpass people hung. The whole area was blocked and crammed with people. There was a real show with the latest technologies of 3d-mapping. The façade of the station was revived during the concert and became an excellent addition to our program.


— What was the most important moment of your marathon?

-To us the head of Department of Culture of Moscow Alexander Kibovsky has advised to take in repertoire a song E. Kolmanovskogo and E. Yevtushenko "Do Russian wars want?", we have translated it in all languages of the countries where we acted. And her performance was a apotheosis concert.

This action is strong because on such performances there is an incredible charge of positive, exchange of energy, friendship bridges are built and then there are crazy circles around the city: articles in the press, views on the Internet. And we want to move on: to Budapest and even to Ukraine. On the day of victory it is necessary to come to Kiev, it is impossible to ignore the fact that there passed the procession "Immortal Regiment", and therefore, they want to restore relations, and we in this sense on their side.