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Grape arbor - Brestovitsa, Bulgaria

Grape arbor – Brestovitsa, Bulgaria

EAST MEETS WEST – October 9, 2015. Join the Washington International Chorus, the Bulgarian Music Society Chamber Orchestra, Orfeia and other artists for the opening concert of the 2015-2016 season of the Bulgarian Music Society.  More details below and on the Calendar page. 

WAT 2015YOU’RE INVITED TO A SEDENKA – September 26, 2015!  We’re having a Bulgarian sedenka — a traditional “working bee.”  We’ll perform, you’ll sing (we’ll teach you), we’ll all dance.  You can bring your knitting!  Light refreshments.  Free admission.  Sponsored by “We Are Takoma” Performing Arts Series and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

ORFEIA IN KOPRIVISHTITSAThree members of Orfeia joined our Boston sister group Divi Zheni for a performance at the national folklore festival in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria.  An amazing experience! 

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. 

BHA-10351-53-1321TATIANA 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.


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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April 1, 2016 – “Festival of Voices – Music for Everyone”  

Looking forward to a great vocal gathering in Lancaster, Pennsylvania!  For updates, check out https://www.facebook.com/lancasterfestivalofvoices

cropped-violin1October 9, 2015 – “East Meets West – Musical Masterworks from Bulgaria and the USA”

Grand Opening of the Bulgarian Music Society 2015-2016 Concert Season.  Bulgarian Music Society Chamber Orchestra, Washington International Chorus, Jeni Maneva (piano), Dimitar Nikolov (piano).  7:30 p.m. at the magnificent First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, NW.  Free.

September 26, 2015 – “We Are Takoma” Performing Arts SeriesWAT_Logo_Transparent 

Join us for our version of a Bulgarian working bee – sedenka – a workshop in Bulgarian traditional music and culture.  We’ll sing, you’ll sing, we’ll all dance and eat.  With guests Peter Lyster and Koliu Kolev.  7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.  Free admission (suggested donation $10).

September 19, 2015 – Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market  10297614_1572529643017159_8721213794467752370_n

Enjoy the market, the food, the stores — and us!  10 – noon, The Arts Walk, 9th and Monroe Streets, NE.

11336997_10150515432004981_5378567400529820880_oJune 6, 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 Parkfsgw-logoBlue-50

Members of Orfeia join Peter Lyster and master accordionist Koliu Kolev for a program of Eastern European songs.

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

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



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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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