In 2023, Krasnoyarsk composer Valery Beshevli turns 75 years old. On November 15, a concert dedicated to his birthday will be held on the stage of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The programme of the festive event will include the folk opera Along the Yenisei River for a folk ensemble and symphony orchestra that will be performed by the folk ensemble Primrose, laureate of Russian and international competitions, and the orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre conducted by Honoured Artist of Russia Anatoly Chepurnoy. The opera was created in 1984 and is entirely based on the songs from the Krasnoyarsk Region; the libretto was written by the author himself. Other works of Valery Beshevli will also be performed: pieces for a symphony orchestra, songs, and excerpts from the operetta Taxi to Taimyr. Soloists of the Theatre's opera and ballet companies will take part in the concert.
Valery Beshevli came to Siberia after graduating from the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory in 1979. Here his creativity and talent blossomed, and Krasnoyarsk is the only city to which he remains faithful. Valery Aleksandrovich’s interest in major patriotic and civic themes, Russian history, and the culture of Siberia has been evident throughout his entire career. At the same time, his works are distinguished by the richness and beauty of the melodies.
The composer created the oratorio The Green Window Doesn’t Go Dark based on the poems of the Krasnoyarsk poet Zoriy Yakhnin (it’s about the Shushensky period of Lenin), vocal and choreographic poem Native Land, Russian Symphony for a folk instruments orchestra, in which the theme of the Homeland is developed in many ways. One of his largest and most significant works is the symphonic poem Zatesi based on the book by Viktor Astafiev, which the writer himself highly appreciated noting the accurate and vivid embodiment of his prose in music. “You understand my soul,” said Viktor Petrovich about the music of the symphonic poem Zatesi.
Valery Beshevli is a member of the Union of Composers of Russia and its Krasnoyarsk branch, Honoured Figure of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Region. His works have found the love of spectators and deserved the high praise from experts.