Concert Season 2016-17

Grand Opening of the 8th BMS Concert Season

Bulgarian Folk Fiesta

featuring

“Kaynak Pipers Band”, Visiting Kaba-Gaida Group from Bulgaria (www.kabagaida.com)

“Zharava” Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble

Bulgarian Musicians and Artists from Washington, DC

This event is a co-presentation of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Center “St. Kliment Ochridski,” the Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble “Zharava,” and the Bulgarian Music Society

This event is sponsored by the Bulgarian Community Center in Washington DC (www.bgusa.org)

Join us for a spectacular celebration of Bulgarian folk music, dance, and food at Tropicalia, a funky, colorful and spacious 250-seat cocktail lounge hosting live performances of artists from all over the world. Come and enjoy the performances of our kaba-gaida guests from Bulgaria, the “Zharava” Folk Dance Ensemble and other artists from Washington DC. Cocktails and awesome Balkan food prepared by our friends from Balkanik Taste, will be available for purchase during the evening. Bring your dance shoes and join the performing artists and the audience for a live Bulgarian folk dance party (Folkoteka “Izvor”) after the concert.

After 10pm, the Folkoteka “Izvor” and the live folk dance party will move to and continue at BOSSA, 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, http://bossadc.com/. Everybody is welcome to join us and dance through the night!

Place: TROPICALIA (www.tropicaliadc.com)

Address: 2001 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (lower level)

Time: Saturday, October 1, 2016

6:00-7:00pm: Drinks and Bulgarian food for purchase

7:00-8:30pm: Concert

8:30-10:30pm: Bulgarian folk dance party (guest artists, performers and audience)

Food: Balkan food prepared by Balkanik Taste, http://balkaniktaste.wixsite.com/balkaniktaste will be available for purchase at the venue.

Drinks: will be available for purchase at the venue

Admission: $12

Parking: Street and Garage Parking available; there are two parking garages located on T St. and S St, both off of 14th Street.

Metro Accessible:  One block from U Street Metro Station (Green and Yellow Lines)

Late Night Dance Party at BOSSA (after 10pm): admission is $10; free for people who have bought a ticket for the 7pm concert at Tropicalia. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

More Information: http://zharava.org/upcoming-events/

Young Musical Stars Showcase

Julia Angelov (violin), Lena Cavicchia (violin, viola), Michael Himy (piano), Tony Shen (clarinet)

Come to hear four of the most talented young musicians in the Washington DC area who are prizewinners of national and regional music competitions. The program will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Lalo, Saint-Saens and other classical composers.

Friday, Nov.  11, 2016, 7pm

Free Admission

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert

Opera Gala: Prizewinners of the 2016 “Partners for the Arts” Vocal Awards Competition

Do not miss our annual and classy evening of popular arias performed by some of the most talented opera singers in the United States.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7pm

Free Admission

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert

Music Theater Showcase: An Evening with Richard Rodgers and Friends 

Back by popular demand!  After their spectacular performances during the past 5 years, the students of the Music Theater Division of the Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, one of the top three music theater programs in the U.S., are coming back to present another showcase featuring  Broadway hits!

Friday, March 17, 7pm

Free Admission

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert

“There are times when words fail…:” An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry

Jeni Maneva (piano), Colleen Daly (soprano), Olivia Hajioff (violin),

Marc Ramirez (violin), Lilia Slavova (actress)

Join us to celebrate once again the anniversary of the designation of the intersection next to the Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington D.C. as “Dimitar Peshev Plaza”. In 2013 the street intersection of 22nd Street and R Street NW was renamed in honor of the Bulgarian Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Dimitаr Peshev. In the spring of 1943 Peshev stood up against the deportation of the Bulgarian Jews to the Nazi concentration camps and launched a strong defiance campaign within the Bulgarian parliament and society which led to the rescue of Bulgaria’s 50 000 native Jews. In 1973 Dimitar Peshev was awarded the title of “Righteous among the Nations” by Yad Vashem.

Do not miss this original evening of powerful, passionate and moving Jewish music and poetry.

Friday, April 7, 2017, 7pm

Free Admission

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

Classical Music and Folklore: Exploration of National Identity

Hristina Blagoeva (flute), Miles Massoccote (piano), and Christopher Graham (percussion)

A unique concert featuring rhythmically driven classical music inspired and influenced by the folklore of Hungary, Bulgaria, Old Byzantine, the USA and other countries. The program will include compositions by Carl Reinecke, Bella Bartok, Seth Bonstead, Joseph Pereira as well as the premiere performances of works by the Bulgarian composers Krasimir Kurkchiiski and Kostadin Genchev.

This concert is part of the 2017 European Month of Culture and is a co-presentation of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Music Society

Friday, May 19, 2017, 7pm

Free Admission

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

The Bulgarian Music Society reserves the right to change the program at any time without further notice.