Babar Pillow Concert


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



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.



Family Ticket – 30 leva

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


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.



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


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.

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