Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dvorak Pillow Concert

08.02.2015


Sunday, February 8th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,

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We are entering February in a dance rhythm with music performer by the Street Quartet – the string ensemble that demonstrated its mastery for the first time in one of our most unusual concerts – in an improvised park setting. Ivo Danailov, Veselin Dimitrov, Hristo Arolski and Petar Kushlev were also a part of our orchestra at the Andersen concert and will now act as storytellers of musical fairytales again – this time the tales will come from the Czech Republic.

The quartet’s musicians will present pearls from the output of one of the most celebrated Czech composers – Antonin Dvorak. Himself a violinist, Dvorak was almost forty when he achieved international fame. The piece that made him known outside Prague was his “Slavic dances” published upon the recommendation of Johannes Brahms. The prominent composer’s “Hungarian dances” were used as the model Dvorak used to compose his own work.



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TICKETS

Online:
Family Ticket – 30 leva

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


Performers:

Street Quartet:
Ivo Danailov, violin
Veselin Dimitrov, violin
Hristo Arolski, viola
Petar Kushlev, cello

The quartet was founded in 2010. The four musicians are often performing on the street which gave them the idea to call themselves Street quartet. All of them are part of the New Symphony Orchestra, where they initially met each other. Hristo and Ivo are members of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony orchestra, Vesko works at the Musical Theater’s orchestra and Pepi – at the Blagoevgrad Philharmony. The Street quartet has participated in a number of different projects – from performing at various musical formats, through playing on the street, cocktail and wedding music to serious classical concerts in Sofia and throughout Bulgaria.

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Musical programme

Antonin Dvorak

String quartet No. 12, op. 96, “American”
Slavonic dances op. 46, No. 8 and op. 72, No. 2
Humouresque
Largo from Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Songs that my mother taught me
Serenade for strings



Program, February 8th, 2015

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

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


workshop-pillow-concerts

On Sunday, February 8th, 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.


Babar Pillow Concert

25.01.2015


Sunday, January 25th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,

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Although never published in Bulgaria and therefore unknown for the Bulgarian children, the Story of the elephant Babar is a favorite to millions of people in the world. Its origins are French – author Jean de Brunhoff created it and the eminent A.A. Milne, father of Winnie the Pooh, is responsible for the English version. The elephant Babar goes through various troubles, learns about the live in the city and brings this knowledge to his friends, the other elephants. He becomes the King of the Elephant Kingdom and teaches his children valuable lessons.

The music was created by Fransic Poulenc who wrote it for the pleasure of his nieces and nephews. The one piano, four hands version is by Paul Yoon Lee and will be performed by the duo Manuela Genova-Ralitza Dimitrova. The two young pianists were awarded with an impressive number of prizes from piano duo competitions and will add an additional piece in the programme by the same composer – his vigorous Sonata for four hands.



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TICKETS

Online:
Family Ticket – 30 leva

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


Performers:

Manuela Genova, piano
Ralitza Dimitrova, piano

Nikola Petrov, narrator

Manuela Genova was born in Stara Zagora and Ralitsa Dimitrova – in Svishtov. After completing their high school education in music schools respectively in Sofia and Pleven, the two pianists met each other at the class of Prof. Borislava Taneva in the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”. Afterwards, they formed their piano duo and had numerous appearances throughout Bulgaria and in Serbia, Austria, Israel and Greece. They took part in prestigious musical events like the International Music Seminar “Doumbia” in Greece in 2008 and 2009. They are laureates of several musical competitions, including the “Classics and modernity” in Stara Zagora, “Hopes, Talents and Masters” in Dobrich and the International Competition for Young Performers “21st Century Art” in Vienna.

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Musical programme

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

1. Sonata for four hands

I. Prelude
II. Rustique
III. Final

2. “The Story of Babar”



Program, January 25, 2015

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

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


workshop-pillow-concerts

On Sunday, January 25th, 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.


January’s Family of the Month

01.2015

Family Of the Month
“Children become smarter when studying music”

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The Sarievi family is our family of the month of January. They are true cosmopolitans having lived in Iran, Germany and others but their calmness and poise don’t suggest the truly dynamic nature of their everyday lives. Margarita is a computer specialist and Manol works in the field of communication.

Kathy: Mom, can I have a piano on my birthday cake? And maybe a harp, too. A two-story cake would be best.
Kathy was born in Iran as at the time her parents worked at the Bulgarian Embassy over there. She plans having her birthday party this month at Modo’s music house and attends the Sunday Pillow School where she chose having lessons in piano and harp. During the school’s Christmas party she performed for the first time with her chamber trio.
Margarita: They did a real mini concert. What was the name of the trio?
Kathy: “FSR”.
Margarita and Didi, simultaniously: What doeas “FSR” mean?
Kathy: I won’t say for now.
Didi: Why is that?
Kathy: Ok, ok… “FSR” means no faulths, no squeeks, no rushing. The trio consists of me, Misho and Yana. Should I say who the name applied to?
Didi: Please, do.
Kathy: For me – no faults, for Yana – no squeeks, and for Misho – no rushing.

You can find the FSR trio’s picture in the December issue of the Pillow Concerts magazine. Kathy was a regular in our summer school, too. We asked Margarita to tell us how she found our music programmes.

Margarita: I was looking for summer music lessons for Katerina. She wanted it after having stopped playing the piano for about a year. She said she wants to start again with the music and I began searching. Modo offered the best conditions and we liked it the most. There is an all-round programme for everything, two instruments and the children receive a general knowledge about the music. This was very important for me, that they can acquire themselves with the music. All of the teachers from the school have the right attitude toward the kids, we like them all and nobody like to leave when the school is over. So, we sent her the first week, then for a second, then for a third. In the meantime, we heard about the concerts so we became regulars both at the concerts, and at the school.
Didi: Which one was the first concert you attended?
Margarita: We are still newbies. The first one was with the Street quartet. This concert was outdoors and we liked it very much despite the drama that was going on. (The agreed space we had suddenly became unavailable for the event but our guests took things in their hands and organized having the concert in the park nearby – Ed.) We were together with several friends that continued coming with us to the concerts. This said, we are now wondering who to give the invite that we have from the membership programme package. We’ll have to choose.
Didi: What to you like the most in the Pillow Concerts? Which one is your favourite?
Manol: The way the music programme is presented.
Margarita: I liked the most the Fiery Pillow Concert, Ivo’s violin – he was fantastic.
Kathy: I really liked it when we danced with you.
Didi: At the VIP concert?
Katy: Yes, the one with the competition. (There was a musical battle between the brass quintet and the Street quartet during the VIP Pillow Concert – Ed.)
Didi: True, it was great fun then. We should dance again! What advice can you give to us?
Margarita: To have Pillow Concerts for older children where children can play, too. I guess kids who’d come would have had music lessons already and can then take turns with the professionals.
Kathy: I agree, it would be nice if I can perform at the Pillow Concerts, too.
Margarita: I would like to wish you develop in the same way that you already do and to have many new projects. Children become smarter when studying music. Even at school, they do better and their concentration improves. Katerina, what would you like to say?
Kathy: I like everything!

Interview by Didi Brankova, Pillow Concerts’ coordinator.
Photography by Minko Minev, http://minkominev.com



Debussy Pillow Concert

11.01.2015


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

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The first month of the new year is devoted to the French music and culture. Among the many famous and talented French composers particularly interesting is the personality of Claude Debussy – perhaps the most prominent representative of the Impressionism in music, although the composer himself didn’t approve the term. However, Debussy adored children, his daughter Emma in particular, whom he wrote a number of fairytale compositions. “The Toy Box” will sound under the fingers of pianist Veneta Neynska. This is a ballet for piano where the story of several dolls living in a small toy shop in Paris is told.

Besides the pianist, the multimedia performance will also include the charming storyteller Nikola Petrov, who will be accompanied by his brother Kiril Petrov in demonstrating their abilities on various percussion instruments. In addition to this enchanting story, the Little suite for four hands will be heard. Its fourth movement is also a ballet-like. Debussy himself participated in its premiere and on our concert the keyboard will be shared by our special guests – the Yordanova-Kyurkchiev piano duo. Their meteoric career places them among the most respected Bulgarian chamber ensembles in Germany.



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TICKETS

Online:
Family Ticket – 30 leva

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


Performers:

Yordanova-Kyurkchiev piano duo
Antoniya Yordanova, piano
Ivan Kyurkchiev, piano

Veneta Neynska, piano
Nikola Petrov, story-teller and percussion instruments
Kiril Petrov, percussion instruments


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The piano duo Antoniya Yordanova – Ivan Kyurkchiev arrive from Munchen when they enjoy a thriving career after graduating from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in the same city. They have specialized in the Royal Academy in Brussels and has graduated from the National Music Academy in Sofia. Antoniya and Ivan formed their duo in 2007 and since then have been awared prizes in a great number of international music competitions.


Veneta Neynska did her undergraduate studies with the world renowned pianist John Perry at the University of Southern California. She earned her Master’s degree with Joan Havill in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among her international piano awards are: First Prize at the 7th Piano competition in Larnaca, Cyprus; Second Prize at the Christopher Duke competition in Watford, UK; First Prize at Beethoven Hradec, the Czech Republic; Third Prize at the Alexander Tansman competition in Lodz, Poland. Currently, Veneta serves as an Artistic Director and primary creator of all of Modo Bulgaria’s projects.


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Nikola Petrov graduated from the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with a Master’s Degree in percussion instruments, choir and orchestral conducting. He was awarded more than twenty prizes for percussionists from national and international competitions and has performed as both a soloist and an orchestral player with every important orchestra in Bulgaria. Nikola has participated in tours throughout Europe and North America and is the founder of Petrov Art School in Sofia.

Kiril Petrov was a percussionist in a number of Bulgarian and other European orchestras. He has graduated from the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with a Master’s Degree in percussion instruments. Kiril has participated in a number of prestigious festivals and seminars throughout Europe and even in the United Arab Emirates.



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Musical programme

Claude Debussy

Le Petite Suite

I. En bateau: Andantino
II. Cortège: Moderato
III. Menuet: Moderato
IV. Ballet: Allegro giusto

“The Toy Box” – ballet for piano in three scenes

I. Prelude: The Sleeping Box
II. 1st scene: The Toy Store
III. 2nd scene: The Battlefield
IV. 3rd scene: Sheepfold for sale



Program, January 11, 2015

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

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


workshop-pillow-concerts

On Sunday, January 11th, 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.