The concert "Golden collection of Belarusian songs" took place in Molodechno and enjoyed a great success: a crowded concert hall, songs familiar to everyone and a warm response of the crowd shouting "Bravo!"
If you need to get to the Palace of Culture in Molodechno, any passerby will tell you the way: "Down the Broadway". The main city street, indeed, is reminiscent of the legendary avenue of the New York City: a lot of passersby, bright lights, unusual architectural forms, and the building of the Palace of Culture welcoming guests at the end of the street.
There was a little fuss in the lobby of the Concert Hall before the event began. The crowd, the majority of which are people of the middle age, are in really good mood. Someone is happy to meet acquaintances, someone sits in the cafe, and someone impatiently expects the beginning of the concert.
The excited audience whispers: "Yarmolenko! Look! Anatoliy Yarmolenko!" The national artist smiles to admirers and goes to backstage as he is to open the concert.
The Concert Hall is full to capacity. Organizers say that tickets were sold out one week before the concert. It is not surprising because the time-tested folk music always unites people, and today's concert is devoted to the New Year and Christmas holidays.
Finally the lights become low. Anatoliy Yarmolenko sings solo together with his grandson, the Concert Hall is filled with the warm words of the song "I love Belarus".
The concert starts. The humorous hosts of the concert appear on the stage. Olga Burlakova, Sergei Zhbankov and national artists Tatiyana Markhel and Viktor Manayev are in excellent mood and dressed in very unusual suits. The hosts read verses, argue in a friendly way and present each band to appear on the stage.
Meanwhile Anatoliy Yarmolenko is backstage where he is surrounded by children from the ensemble Zaranak.
The ensembles and national artists follow each other on the stage. "Haroshki", "Palats", "Gamonka", "Lyalki-corporation", "Nerush", "Gudski garmonik", "Tsernitsa", "Spadchyna", "Charaynitsa" and "Hvilinka" performed favourite national songs and energetic dances. Among the actors there are a lot of those who usually perform in completely different genres, but for this evening they specifically changed the stage image and sang in Belarusian.
"The national song unites people! It is especially important during New Year holidays," says the People’s Artist. Everyone wants to make a photo with the artist, and he doesn't refuse.
The singer has also shared with the CTV channel correspondents that he doesn't like choosing New Year presents, but adores giving them.
"Pesniary" has deserved the loudest applause that evening.
The updated legendary ensemble, originally led by the late Vladimir Mulyavin, managed to maintain its reputation perfectly singing "Oi, Rana Na Ivana" and well-known "Kasiu Jas Kaniusynu".
Eminent singers performed one by one. Nevertheless some of them managed to find time to make a selfie with colleagues.
Two hours passed quickly. In the Concert Hall lobby, the audience long discussed ageless Anatoliy Yarmolenko, the cute couple Yadviga Poplavskaya and Aleksandr Tikhanovich, and admired the beauty of young and promising Belarusian singers who remember and respect ages-long Belarusian national cultural traditions.