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MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE BALL.  Support Montgomery County’s support for the arts!  Funds raised by the 32nd annual Executive Ball  support arts programs in Montgomery County – including Orfeia!  Chaired by Montgomery County’s First Lady and long-time supporter Catherine Leggett together with Dottie Fitzgerald.  If you can’t go, buy a raffle ticket!

PLAN AHEAD – FOLKLORE SOCIETY OF GREATER WASHINGTON MINI-FEST – FEBRUARY 3, 2018.  A local favorite — a full day of music, music, music.  Check out the FSGW website for details.

SINGING ON THE HILL.  We had a great time at the Hill Center DC.  Thanks to Jim Thomson and the Hill Center staff for hostingwonderful concert.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Global Sounds – Multiflora Music Festival world music series.

LIVE@5 on WPFW!   A delight to be hosted by such a great station!  Hope some of you jazz and blues lovers who heard us on October 9 are now Balkan music. fans

EAST MEETS EAST IN BALTIMORE!  We had a great time making beautiful music with Alash and Shodekeh before an enthusiastic audience of world music fans at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.  Catch Alash when they appear at the Freer-Sackler Museums in Washington, D.C. as part of Illuminasia – A Festival of Asian Arts, Food and Cultures.

TANYA ON THE JUDGES PANEL.  Tatiana Sarbinska, our award-winning director, joined other luminaries of Bulgarian traditional music to judge the bi-annual “New Music in 7/8” competition held in Chepelare, Bulgaria.  7/8 is one of the most characteristic of Bulgarian traditional music’s unique rhythms.  Check out the competition!

CONGRATULATIONS, TANYA!   Tatiana Sarbinska was awarded the Honorary Medal of the President of Bulgaria for her contribution to Bulgarian arts and culture.  The award was presented by Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria.   БЪЛГАРИЯ СЕ ГОРДЕЕ С ТЕБ — Bulgaria is proud of you — and so are we!!   

ORFEIA IS ON AmazonSmile!  You can help Orfeia every time you shop!  Go to https://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.tatiana_portrait_4[1]

A NEW BULGARIAN MUSIC FAN!  Ansu emailed us to say “Your performance at the Embassy of Bulgaria for #EUOpenHouse was entrancing. I especially liked your explanation of dissonance and rhythm in the Bulgarian folk compositions, that helped us appreciate what we were hearing even more. I loved the slightly eastern-tonality of your pieces. I look forward to attending more performances. People literally stopped in their tracks on the street to listen to you…outstanding harmonies and unusual, stimulating sound. Great job you all! I posted about you on Twitter.”  Thanks!!


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Hear Orfeia at . . .

November 5, 2016 • Orfeia in Glen Burnie 

We’ll be performing at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

November 4, 2017 • Cuchulain Kelly Album Release

Join us for a fabulous multi-music event featuring the release of Cuchulain’s new album!  There will be horns. There will be a performance by the string quartet Rogue Collective.  There will be an Eastern European bluegrass R & B romp with Boaty Otis.  And there will be us!  At TropicaliaDC.

October 15, 2017 • Dounouya:  Global Sounds on the Hill with Orfeia

The historic Hill Center welcomes Orfeia as part of its Global Sounds series.  Dounouya is the West African word for “The Whole World” and this series of singular concerts, curated and hosted by Jim Thomson, features musicians at the forefront of the global music scene.  The concert is part of the Multiflora Music Festival that runs the entire month of October.

September 20, 2017 • Bulgarian Music Society Tribute to Dr. George Lazarov

We’re so happy to be participating in this musical evening in honor of Dr. George Lazarov, patron of the arts in Bulgaria and the U.S. Enjoy violin, piano and vocal performances at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

September 15, 2017 • Creative Alliance at the Patterson – Alash and Orfeia

Central Asia meets the Balkans for an evening of amazing traditional music.  Come early and enjoy the Marquee Lounge theater bar at the Patterson.

See Calendar page for more details and more events!




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Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

Orfeia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

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Orfeia gratefully acknowledges support 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.

Orfeia also gratefully acknowledges support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.



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