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national-folk-festival-in-koprivshtitsa-2015CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BALKAN VOCAL TRADITIONS on NOVEMBER 5, 2016.  Join us for Orfeia’s 10th anniversary concert and reception!  Washington Ethical Society, 7 p.m.  thumbnail_nov6flyerAND on NOVEMBER 6 we’ll be holding workshops at the Botev Academy Bulgarian School — one for kids (grown-ups are welcome — you’ll love the songs, too) and one for adults.  Come learn and learn about traditional songs, dances and Bulgarian culture from our award-winning Artistic Director and teacher par excellence, Tatiana Sarbinska.  See Calendar page for details on concert and workshops.  Tickets for concert available through Brown Paper Ticket, http://orfeia.brownpapertickets.com/, and at the door; tickets for workshops available at the door.  Sponsored by the Bulgarian Community Center in Washington D.C.

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEMBASSY OPEN HOUSE DAY!  There was beautiful weather for a beautiful event and we enjoyed 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.

Creative Cauldron 2016 FlyerSINGING AND DANCING!  We had a fantastic afternoon of Balkan singing and dancing with Carpathia and Tisza.  Creative Cauldron is a gem of a venue.  Looking forward to more collaborations!

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 — 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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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/.

April 17, 2016 – “Passport to the World” at Creative CauldronCarpathia

Orfeia joins the dance ensembles Carpathia and Tisza for a lively afternoon of traditional Eastern European music and dance.  We hear that they’ll be getting you dancing, too!  2:00 p.m., Creative Cauldron, Falls Church, Virginia.

UMW poster JPEGApril 9, 2016 – University of Mary Washington Multicultural Fair

A beautiful setting for a day of international music, dancing, food and wonderful things to buy.  Hear Orfeia at 3:00 p.m. at the Lee Hall Stage.



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Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

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

Your donation is tax-deductible


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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