Monthly Archives: December 2014

Andersen Pillow Concert


Sunday, December 28th, 2014
11:00 and 17:30
Concert Hall in Central Military Club
Sofia, 7 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.



The festive Pillow Concert this year will gather little and grown-up admirers of Andersen’s stories for a musical journey to the magical world of the fairytale characters. The Russian composer Boris Tchaikovsky’s music will be performed for the first time in Bulgaria. He composed a number of suites inspired by the Andersen’s fantastic works about charming princes, spoiled princesses, bewitched kings and imaginary lands. A real small orchestra will take up the stage, lead by our favourite conductor – Maestro Zhorzh Dimitrov.

Concert is organized under the patronage of Mr. Nikolay Nenchev, Minister of Defence of Republic of Bulgaria.. With the kind permision of Boris Tchaikovsky’s Society –

As opposed to most pillow concerts, we highly recommend preliminary purchase of tickets which can be HERE. This will speed up the entrance process and will also provide you with a discount. However, the traditional reservations are still available. As usual, the Pillow Workshop will be held one hour before each concert and is free of charge for all ticket holders.




Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Zhorzh Dimitrov, conductor


Ivo Danailov


Veselin Dimitrov


Hristo Apolski


Petar Kushlev


Victoria Kirilova


Nikoleta Petrova
Gergana Ivanova


Asen Tzvetanov
Aleksandra Ivanova


Yavor Dobrev
Angelina Gotcheva


Sabina Yordanova

French Horn

Mihail Mihailov
Branimir Krandzhalov


Yan Dunev
Ivelin Kolev


Nikola Petrov
Boris Boudinov
Kiril Petrov


Vesela Tritchkova

Storyteller: Simona Kovacheva


Musical programme

Boris Tchaikovsky

The Swineherd Suite
I. Introduction
II. In the Garden
III. Minuet
IV. The Rose
V. The Nightingale
VI. Jingles
VII. The Magic Kettle
VIII. Waltz
IX. Polka
X. The Ratchet

Andersen Fairy Tales Suite
I. The Rose – Tree
II. The Clock
III. The Soldier’s Sailing
IV. The Weavers
V. The Darning – Needle’s Journey
VI. The Darning – Needle
VII. Fanfare
VIII. The Emperor’s March
IX. The Little Lady Dancer
X. The Toy Ball

Program, December 28, 2014

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here

16:30 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:30 Pillow concert – Tickets here


On Sunday, December 28th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.

December’s Family of the Month


Family Of the Month
Visiting the Mihaylovi family


Valery: Mommy, Mommy, where is Daddy?
Zlatina: I don’t know, go look for him. I’ll take one of the babies.

Zlatina and Ivo are proud parents of all four of their children – Marin (5), Valery (3) and twins Theo and Sia who will soon turn two months. The interview with December’s Family of the month took place at their home and we are grateful for their hospitality.

/Photographer Minko Minev enters./
Minko: Coming here felt like magic. I didn’t ring but the door opened by itself, I didn’t know which floor to go to and I was met at the stairs.
Zlatina: Now, it is important that you continue with this magic, so that our house looks in perfect order on the pictures. Where is Valery?
Pepi: He is under the desk, playing and hiding.
Zlatina: I was counting and I thought: “One child is missing”.

Babysitter Pepi helps them for the children. Sometimes, she accompanies Marin and Valery to their lessons with Dessy Markova at Modo’s programme “The Little Musician”. Their home is beautiful, cosy and full of beds… just like in the seven dwarfs’ house.

Didi: Valery, which one is your favourite instrument?
Valery: The fute. (“flute” – Ed.)
Zlatina: Which one would you like to play? You wanted… Please, stop with the flute, you woke up Sia and now she will cry.
Valery (to the crying baby): Why are you crying? Don’t cry. It’s pointless to cry.
Didi: What do you play when you’re with Dessy?
Valery: Also on the fute. Where is Teo? I want to give him a kiss.
Zlatina: Marin is always very eager to attend Dessy’s lessons. He wanted to play the piano since he was two. He used to wake up, we would leave him on the bed and he started playing a small toy piano. We tried piano lessons when he was three and a half but we were told he was too young.
Zlatina: Tell me, sweety, is it interesting where you go for the Little Musician?
Valery: It is not little, it is BIG.
Zlatina: But is it interesting?
Valery: Yes.
Zlatina: What do you do there?
Valery: We’re playing.
Zlatina: Your projects are really nice. I like that in musical education you’re implementing ways to attract children’s attention. And by the way, your musical house is really cool, it is great what you have done with it.

Someone bashes something on the floor. Possible suspects are either Minko, or Valery.

Minko: It wasn’t me.
Zlatina: We’ll stare at you in an accusatory way.
Valery: Can I write some letters for you, Didi? I’ll write you mine.
Didi: What do they like at the Pillow Concerts, how do you think?
Ivo: When there is some sort of a theatrical action, it really engages them.
Didi: Actually, how many concerts have you visited?
Zlatina: Many as last year we covered at least 70% of the concerts and this year we have not missed a single one. And we’ve been before, too, so perhaps 10-15. Is it possible?
Didi: Maybe, maybe more…
Zlatina: Let’s check…

Zlatina brings the programmes of all concerts they have attended – a large pile and it turns out not all of them are in it.

Didi: Which ones are your favorite?
Zlatina: Marin, tell me which ones are your favorite Pillow Concerts. You don’t want to, I’ll say then. I like all of them especially when there is… I remember one with a flute, jazz was performed by this lady. The Virtuoso concert, I think, when there were different musicians coming from all sides. It was a great party, the kids danced and she was really into the flute and it was good, a wonderful party, really. On this one the kids rushed off dancing, they had great fun. But all concerts are very nice, I can’t say which one is our top one. We missed the one with the marimba or at least I did. Did you go?
Ivo: Yes, yes, I did.
Zlatina: Which one is your favorite?
Ivo: Oh, I don’t know, I have a short-term memory.
Zlatina: The one that was at the Military club, the crowded one, was really enjoyable. The conductor (Zhorzh Dimitrov – Ed.) was great in communication with the children and then we talked a little with him. The concert was super funny with all of the animals. I think you can repeat this concert over and over again – it will never bore us. Something else I really like are the articles at with information about each concert.

Minko (to Marin): I got you! I could finally take a picture of you!

Didi: What else would you like or expect from the Pillow Concerts?
Zlatina: What would we like to see? Organ, although I don’t know if you can have them at the Bulgaria Hall.
Ivo: Honestly, because our children are constantly running around during the concerts, I have wondered if it is possible to organize it so they can play and run and at the same time those who want to listen to stay in front and really listen. Perhaps having some sort of a children’ play area where they can play and romp. An area to play and an area to listen. Because there is no way for us to stop them for 45 minutes to move around. But we want to present them with the opportunity, if they want to, they should be able to take it. So this was what I’ve had in my head. As some sort of a relief for the parents. People don’t have the attitude to set kids free during the concerts – they must stay and listen. I let ours go, I can’t really stop them actually, but what I mean is that many people hold their kids “stay, listen, sit here”. For me, it is important for them to hear and when they like something they’ll stop and hear it. Not everyone would agree about this kind of freedom for the children.
Zlatina: I think, though, that it is nice when people go to a concert to teach children that they are indeed at a concert and not in the park to play while some people there have decided to accidentally play music in the meantime.
Ivo: Yes, yes, but it depends on the age.
Zlatina: Even with the age. I think that if there is some type of a theatrical element, some actors to pop up from here and there – it will be interesting. Because I, for example, tell them stories when we are together. And while talking I can see on their faces that they feel through it. I’m making it all up because I’m new to the music, too and learning with them. Yes, this is true – who showed us what classical music is when we were little? “Classical music is for grannies”. I learned at school that you should not clap during the movements, but at the end.
Ivo: You can make signs at the Pillow Concerts like “Clap now”.
Marin: Clap now, clap now!
Zlatina: The kids will have fun with such things. Some signs with pictures.
Valery: Ciap now! (“clap” – Ed.)
Zlatina: What I really like at the Pillow Concerts is that at the end they can touch the instruments and see for themselves that these are normal things, like getting some chewing gum from the store. You can play the piano or the violin and there are so accessible! It is not something that very little people do. And, one more thing: it would be nice to have some sort of education for the parents. I’m very intrigued by the music but there is no musical explanation for me.
Didi: And now I’ll ask about something that is not connected to the Pillow Concerts. What do you do for a living?
Zlatina: Mr. Mihailov has a very musical job.
Ivo: Yup, that’s right. I’m a finance manager in the sense that I manage some money.
Zlatina: And I manage people. Seriously, I work at in a company for sustainability (denkstatt Bulgaria – Ed.) and we are real innovators in Bulgaria because sustainability is popular in the West but in Bulgaria people ask “what are you talking about?” Our team’s goal is to increase life’s quality, of our life and of our children – it is a super interesting job. It is a bit like what you do – children and parents to be together in such a setting is part of the life’s quality enhancement.

The interview is about to end and Minko has still no luck in taking a picture of all of them at the same time.

Minko: Would I be able to take a picture of all of you or at least part of you…
Ivo: Let’s try, boys, come here…
Minko: …come here to beat your Dad!
Ivo: Don’t, it will really happen!
Zlatina: Children don’t get jokes. Look, there is a little dove flying away. /The picture was finally taken. /

Interview by Didi Brankova, coordinator of Modo’s events.
Photography by Minko Minev,

Zoo Pillow Concert


Sunday, December 14th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,



We are dashing in December on Aladin’s magical carpet toward the Land of Sweets in the company of countless dwarfs, talking cats, bewitched frogs, noble princes and flying fairies. The month of fairytales begins with a zoological adventure with the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Luciano Berio and Martin Butler. Our audience is cordially invited to attend dressed in favourite animals’ costumes in order to assist the Windy ensemble in the musical quests with the dancing fox, the clever pig and the hungry wolf.

The programme for the day includes also the complimentary Pillow Workshop from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Pillow Musical Lesson from 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.




Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


WINDY Ensemble:

Nikoleta Petrova, flute
Asen Tzvetanov, oboe
Yavor Dobrev, clarinet
Sabina Yordanova, bassoon
Mihail Mihailov, French horn
Veneta Neynska, piano

Storyteller: Doroteia Doroteeva


Nikoleta Petrova (flute) was born in a family of а musician and a philologist . When she was four she started playing the piano and visiting solfeggio lessons. At the age of seven she decided to try something different and began studying the flute. In 2000 she graduated from the National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov”, and in 2004 she finished her Bachelor’s degree as a flute player in the class of prof. Georgi Spassov. She has performed a great number of concerts with the ensemble of Operettenbühne Wien Heinz Helberg in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark and many others. From 2008 until now she is an artist in the orchestra of the National Music Theatre and Ballet in Sofia.

Asen Tzvetanov (oboe) started music lessons on the piano when he was four but graduated from the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” Sofia majoring in oboe. During his studies at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”, he worked with Slavcho Mladenov. He became part of the “Simfonieta Sofia” orchestra, the “New Symphony Orchestra” and the Orchestra of the National Opera and Ballet. Asen has performed throughout the world in various tours, participated at the “Apollonia” festival and has been awarded at the “Austrian chamber music” competition. He has been a soloist with the Academic and the New Symohony orchestras.



Yavor Dobrev (clarinet) was born in Sofia where he started playing the piano at the age of five. After a brief infatuation with the trombone at the age of ten he started taking clarinet lessons. Upon completion of his studies in the National Academy of Music, he continued his education at the Geneva Conservatory. He studied and worked in Switzerland for ten years. Presently, Yavor is the first clarinetist in the orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Sabina Yordanova (bassoon) has graduated from National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” with bassoon. She continued her education in Germany, studying at the Hochshule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt”- Weimar, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst – Frankfurt am Main (baroque bassoon, classical bassoon, dulcian). Sabina has received her master’s degree “Diploma cum laude” from Eesti Muusika- ja teatriakadeemia in Tallinn, Estonia. She is a winner of numerous national and international awards and has worked as a bassoonist in the New Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, Jenaer Philharmoniker, Heidelberger Symphoniker, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, ERSO, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Currently, Sabina works in the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.



Mihail Mihailov (French horn) has graduated from the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” and the National Music Academy “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov”. In 2000 and 2001, he has taken part in the international summer academy “Prague-Vienna-Budapest” in Austria, working with prof. Adam Friedrich and in the chamber music classes of Gerhard Turecek and Claus Lindbacher. Since 2003, Mihail is the first French horn player at the orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Veneta Neynska (piano) has received her musical education at the National School of Music in Sofia, the USC Thorton School of Music in Los Angeles and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Among her numerous prizes are the first prize at the Beethoven Hradec Competition in Czech Republic and the third prize at the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland. She has been a soloist to the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under Jakub Zidek, Rostislav Hališka and the Swiss conductor Luca Pfaff. Among her most recent performances are recitals at the prestigious Bulgarian festivals “Apollonia” in Sozopol and “Piano Extravaganza” in Sofia.



Musical programme

Luciano Berio – Opus Number Zoo
I. Barn Dance
II. The Fawn
III. The Grey Mouse
IV. Tom Cats

Martin Butler – Dirty Beasts
I. The Pig
II. The Tummy Beast
III. The Crocodile

Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf

Program, December 14, 2014

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
12:00 Music Lessons – Free admission

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
18:00 Music Lessons – Free admission


On Sunday, December 14th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.


Immediately after each concert, there will be a Music lesson where the children and the parents can learn fun and new facts about the presented programme. The admission for the Music lesson is free.