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11084132_855004971238582_3483572070649929522_oSAVE THE DATE – MARCH 11, 2017 – STARRY MOUNTAIN SINGERS AND ORFEIA!  The Starry Mountain Singers perform a wide range of traditional music from the U.S. and around the world. They have toured extensively with the world music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, and members of the ensemble have worked with Meredith Monk and the Revels International, have performed on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band The Sweetback Sisters. They bring riveting harmonies to American and international folk music including gospel, shapenote, Appalachian, Bulgarian, Corsican and Georgian songs. Pete Sutherland of the Clayfoot Strutters said it best: “Everyone needs to make time to get the hell outta the house and hear this rockin’ bunch – your molecules will be rearranged.”  See Calendar for details.


CONGRATULATIONS, TANYA!  Our amazing director Tatiana Sarbinska was awarded the Honorary Medal of the President of Bulgaria for her contribution to 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!!

Благодаря – THANKS FOR CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BALKAN VOCAL TRADITIONS WITH US. We had a wonderful time singing, wining (with Bulgarian wine from Todoroff Winery — наздраве!) and dining with everyone. Thanks to Ambassador Tihomir Stoychev for his good wishes.      thumbnail_nov6flyer 


Luci Murphy and Orfeia at WPFW

ORFEIA ON “LIVE @ 5.”  We had a great time at WPFW, 89.3 FM.   Thanks to our wonderful hosts Luci Murphy and David Rabin for inviting us to spread the love for Balkan music.

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 AND PIRIN ENSEMBLE – TOGETHER AGAIN!  Our director, Tatiana Sarbinska, was invited as 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 here.  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.Pirin Ensemble


WE LOVE THE MUSIC, TOO!  Thanks to Jerry, an audience member, for this lovely comment — we’re so glad you’re now a Bulgarian music fan!  “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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March 11, 2017 – Starry Mountain Singers and Orfeia 11084132_855004971238582_3483572070649929522_o

Wonderful vocal music from the U.S. and around the world.  Sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.  7:30 p.m. at the Seekers Church in D.C./Takoma Park.  See Calendar for details.

nov5flyerupdate-in-msNovember 5, 2016 – Orfeia 10th Anniversary Concert!  

Join us for fantastic Balkan music!  Washington Ethical Society, 7 p.m.  See Calendar for details.

national-folk-festival-koprivshtitsa-2015November 6, 2016 – Bulgarian Song Workshops!

Join us and learn to sing this beautiful music!  If you already know it, you already love it.  If it’s new to you, you’ll fall in love.  See Calendar for details.kids-euro-fest-brochure                                              

November 5, 2016 – Kids Euro Festival

With Carpathia Dance Ensemble.  Southeast Neighborhood Library, D.C.  See Calendar for details.

                             Washington Folk FestivalJune 4, 2016 – Washington Folk Festival

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s weekend extravaganza of music, dance and crafts at historic Glen Echo Park.  Free.  For more information, visit Facebook or www.washingtonfolkfestival.org.


May 14, 2016 – European Union Embassy Open House 

A day of family fun, food, culture and more. This signature D.C. spring event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity for them to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries — and to hear us at the Bulgarian Embassy!  More info at www.euopenhouse.org/plan-your-trip/.



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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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