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ENJOY OUR VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT ON YOUTUBE!   Enjoy a sample of songs from our upcoming CD!  And watch this space — we’re planning to teach songs remotely, too!

REMOTE LESSONS WITH TANYA!  Works great – Zoom or Skype.  Beginners or experienced singers, all ages (kids, too).  If you’ve always wanted to learn some of this wonderful music, now’s your chance!  Bonus:  your vocal technique will improve dramatically.  Even if you think you can’t sing, you can – Tanya will get you there.  For more information and to contact Tanya, visit her website.  

CHECK OUT THE LATEST FROM TANYA!  Here’s Tanya’s video on Bulgarian Folklore TV.

VIRTUAL FOLK DANCING – IT REALLY WORKS!  Glen Echo folk dancing is now on-line on Thursdays.  Jamie Platt will be teaching at 7:30 and doing request dancing starting at 9:00 p.m.  More information and the Zoom link are on the Dancing Planet Productions website.

TAKOMA PARK ARTS BALKAN JOURNEY  We really enjoyed our Balkan journey with a full house of passengers!  You sounded great on Gura beli belo platno!

VESELA KOLEDA!  We shared Bulgarian holiday music and traditions with a lovely audience in a great setting as part of the Holiday Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  

The SECOND ANNUAL BALKAN CHESTNUT FESTIVAL was fantastic.  Dancing, music, wine, food, and glorious weather in a beautiful setting.  Everyone enjoyed the renowned Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and local Balkan ensembles Orchester Praževica and Szikra — and Orfeia!  Dance instruction by Jamie Platt of Dancing Planet Productions meant that everyone could join in the fun.  Looking forward to the Third Annual!

HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL.  World music and shopping at Silver Spring Town Center on a beautiful day.

KUDOS TO THE RHIZOME CHORUS!  The kids – and grown-ups – did a stellar job mastering Bulgarian words, music and choreography after only two workshops (and a dress rehearsal) and performed to an enthusiastic audience.  Bravo!  Thanks to Rhizome for hosting and providing such wonderful programs for the community.

THANKS TO THE RALPH J. BUNCHE LIBRARY and the Department of State for hosting our performance of Eastern European traditional music.  Not surprisingly, the audience did a great job learning a Bulgarian song!  We were delighted to be joined by Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev and Dr. George Lazarov.

 MNOGAJA LETA, GEORGE LAZAROV!  Orfeia was honored to be a part of  Да Даваш от Душа  (You Gave From the Soul), a documentary about Dr. George Lazarov, a renowned and innovative surgeon and long-time supporter of the arts in the U.S. and Bulgaria.  That’s Orfeia’s Elin Zurbrigg you hear over the closing credits.

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 need and appreciate your support.tatiana_portrait_4[1]

A NEW BULGARIAN MUSIC FAN!  Ansu emailed us, “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 . . .

Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival • CANCELLED

But they’re still doing great work — check out their website.

European Union Embassy Open House • May 9

A signature D.C. event — a unique opportunity to look inside the embassies of the European Union nations and experience their culture and food — and drink!  You know where we’ll be — at the Bulgarian Embassy!

Takoma Park Arts • Concert • January 24

Welcome the New Year (it’s still new) with Orfeia and the unforgettable sounds of the Balkans.  We’ll sing, you’ll sing . . . you may even dance a little if you want to!

Smithsonian Museum of American History • Holiday Festival • December 8  

Sounds of the season featuring Orfeia, cantor and singer Arianne Brown, and Afro Blue, Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble.

Book Release Party  • “Sound Portraits From Bulgaria” • October 20

Join author Martin Koenig, Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Director Huib Schippers at the Botev Academy to celebrate the release of this compilation of field recordings and photographs.

Balkan Chestnut Festival • October 12 • Wyoming Farm, Clinton, Maryland

Music, wine, dancing, family activities – in a beautiful historic setting!

Harvest Moon Festival • August 25 • Veterans’ Plaza – Silver Spring

From 1:oo – 9:00 p.m.  Orfeia at 2:00 p.m.!


See Calendar page for more details and 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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Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Orfeia is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County


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