THE BALKAN SONGBOOK PROJECT – SUPPORT OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN! WE’RE IN THE HOME STRETCH – LAST WEEK OF THE CAMPAIGN – WE CAN MAKE OUR GOAL WITH YOUR HELP! Orfeia is producing a Balkan Songbook and learning CD, curated and recorded by our fabulous director Tatiana Sarbinska. The CD will feature each part sung separately and the full song, together with spoken lyrics for pronunciation. The songbook and CD will help us raise operating funds to continue our mission of sharing this beautiful music far and wide. Any size donation will help Orfeia keep the music going, and your donations are tax-deductible. Check out the campaign at http://igg.me/at/balkansongbookproject. We’ve almost reached our goal!
ARTSCAPE BALTIMORE, July 20, 2014. It’s got everything and it’s in Baltimore! Over three days, Artscape features over 150 fine artists, designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography, and incredible live concerts and a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. Orfeia will be performing at 2:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church. See you there!
EUROPEAN UNION EMBASSIES OPEN HOUSE. A highlight of Washington, D.C.’s Europe Week is the embassies’ open house, offering the public a unique opportunity to see these magnificent buildings and experience the culture and heritage of the nations of Europe. We had a wonderful time at the Bulgarian Embassy, singing and dancing and talking about Bulgaria – and our Shop costumes were very photogenic!
WE LOVE THE MUSIC, TOO! Thanks to Jerry, a recent audience member, for this lovely comment — we’re so glad you’re now a Bulgarian music fan — that’s our goal! “I was so impressed and even found myself thinking about the songs and the enthusiasm of your program the following day . . . your delightful blend of voices and hearty portrayal of the music and customs of Bulgaria. I was simply wowed! Thank you so much for such a lovely performance and introduction to the music of Bulgaria.”
AN AMAZING TEN DAYS IN BULGARIA. Performances on the Slavi Show (Bulgaria’s most popular late-night television show), on Bulgarian National Radio, and in Sofia, Chepelare, Plovdiv and Momchilovitsi. Check out our Facebook page for video and photographs! And click here for a segment on us in Temata na Nova on Bulgarian television. Many thanks to the St. George Foundation and Dr. George Lazarov for their generous sponsorship of the tour, to Tatiana Sarbinska, Petya and Ivan Todoroff, and Dr. Zvezdomir Zamfirov for their remarkable hospitality, and to Svitanya Eastern European Women’s Vocal Ensemble from Philadelphia and Divi Zheni from Boston for joining in this wonderful experience.