WASHINGTON FOLK FESTIVAL – Enjoy all the music, dancing and crafts that the Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s free annual event has to offer (including Orfeia!). Seven stages of American traditions – blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, and swing, plus a world tour of music and dance from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Then come back on Sunday for more! At historic Glen Echo Park – enjoy the Art Deco buildings and take a ride on the carousel.
EMBASSY OPEN HOUSE DAY! There was beautiful weather for a beautiful event — just a little rain at the end. Loved singing for the many visitors who got a taste of Bulgaria at the embassy (including a literal taste — Bulgarian yogurt!). Thanks to Ambassador Elena Poptodorova for her gracious hospitality.
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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 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.
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 — 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.”