ORFEIA AT MID-ATLANTIC HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES! A fabulous night singing in the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes at the legendary Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Bravo to the hosts, the wonderful a cappella groups, and the terrific audience (full house, as always!).
Честита Баба Марта - Happy Baba Marta! Welcome Grandmother March with your red and white “martenitsa.” The Bulgarian tradition is to wear martenitsa until you see the first stork — or, if you don’t spot any in your neck of the woods, until March 22 — to welcome in spring.
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL – APRIL 11, 2015. A beautiful setting in Fredericksburg, Virginia to enjoy Orfeia and a day filled with music, food and things to buy!
TATIANA 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.
THE BALKAN SONGBOOK PROJECT – Thank you for supporting our Indiegogo campaign! We made our initial goal! We’re excited about producing the Balkan Songbook and learning CD, curated and recorded by our fabulous director Tatiana Sarbinska. You can still support the project! See our Donate and Balkan Songbook pages for more information about the songbook and learning CD. The Songbook will help us raise operating funds to continue our mission of sharing this beautiful music far and wide. We’re on track for the projected completion date of spring 2015!
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.”