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euopenhouseEUROPEAN UNION OPEN HOUSE – MAY 9, 2015.  Join us at the Bulgarian Embassy during EU Open House Day, a day of family, fun, food, culture and more (including Washington, D.C. on a beautiful spring day). The event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL – APRIL 11, 2015.  A beautiful setting in Fredericksburg, Virginia to enjoy Orfeia and a day filled with music, food and things to buy!

ORFEIA AT MID-ATLANTIC HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES!  A fabulousBirchmere night singing in the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes at the legendary Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.  Bravo to the hosts, the wonderful a cappella groups, and the terrific audience — a full house, as always!

ORFEIA IS ON AmazonSmile!  You can help Orfeia every time you shop!  Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Orfeia as your non-profit organization of choice — up to 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to us!  Please take a second to do this — we really need and appreciate your support.

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TATIANA AND PIRIN ENSEMBLE – TOGETHER AGAIN!  Our director, Tatiana Sarbinska, was invited to be an honored guest for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Pirin Ensemble in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria! Bulgarian National Radio says “The Pirin Ensemble, established in 1954, is one of the most popular messengers of Bulgarian folklore across the globe. The formation’s singers, instrumentalists and dancers have presented their impressive shows in dozens of countries.”  Check out video of the gala concert at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIrlPnP-zEU.  And here’s a link to one of Tanya’s many television and radio appearances while she was in Bulgaria — the song is Lazhi Vere.

THE BALKAN SONGBOOK PROJECT – Thank you for supporting our Indiegogo campaign!  We made our initial goal! We’re excited about producing the Balkan Songbook and tatiana_portrait_4[1]learning CD, curated and recorded by our fabulous director Tatiana Sarbinska.  You can still support the project!  See our Donate and Balkan Songbook pages for more information about the songbook and learning CD.  The Songbook will help us raise operating funds to continue our mission of sharing this beautiful music far and wide.  We’re on track for the projected completion date of spring 2015!

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.”

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10517218_10150494874299981_6408239015886501095_oJune 9, 2015 – Divi Zheni 15th Anniversary Gala Concert  

An evening of Balkan singing and dancing to celebrate Divi Zheni’s 15 years of glorious harmony.

May 30, 2015 – Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park

Members of Orfeia join Peter Lyster and Koliu Kolev for a program of Eastern European songs.fsgw-logoBlue-50

May 9, 2015 – European Union Open House – Bulgarian Embassy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFood, culture, music, springtime — what more could you ask?  A unique opportunity to visit D.C.’s embassies.

April 11, 2015 – Multi-Cultural Fair at University of Mary Washington 

220px-Cherry_blossoms_in_Vancouver_3_cropMusic, food and shopping on the beautiful UMW campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

March 14, 2015 – Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes

The Sweepstakes are always a fun and fabulous evening of a cappella at the legendary Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.  Come for dinner and then relax and enjoy the music!HarmSwlogo

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Photo:  Kaloyan Doychinov

Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

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Orfeia receives support through an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  

Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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