Magical Pillow Concert


Sunday, March 23th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str., Hall 2



The magic in music is never ending as this form of art is always capable of enchanting children and grown ups throughout the world. The great composers love to include unusual stories in their works and are especially successful in making them believable through the means of sound.
Besides having a sorcerer and an evil queen, Mozart included magic bells and a magic flute in his famous opera about Tamino and Pamina’s love story. Tamino’s magic flute helps him overcome various difficult tasks as its melodies transform sorrow into joy.
Anatoli Lyadov paints the scary Baba Yaga in his musical painting and the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky recreates a number of magical moments in his impressive ballets. “Swan lake” tells the story of a flock of swans that turns out to be a bewitched princess and her companions but having a human appearance during the night.

Love, of course, is the cure for the beautiful Odette and her beloved, prince Siegfried.Another one of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces is the Nutcracker ballet. At Christmas night, the toys become alive and lead a fierce battle with the mice. Clara helps the nutcracker-prince to win and the two head to the Land of Sweets. Magical festivities with sweets from around the world await for them but, unfortunately, Clara wakes up with the nutcracker toy in her hands. It was all but just a dream…
The musical magic will be recreated by the four talented hands of pianists Lili Bogdanova and Ines Simeonova. Simona Kovacheva will play the role of Zuzi – the musical muse who will help us transfer into this magical world.

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Ticket prices are:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Lili Bogdanova, piano
Ines Simeonova, piano
Simona Kovacheva as the fairy storyteller


Lili Bogdanova was born in 1994 in Sofia. Aged 5, she became a pupil of Emilia Kaneva at the National School of Music “L. Pipkov” (Sofia). Since 2012 she has been studying with Borislava Taneva.
Lili has participated in music festivals, including the prestigious chamber music course Musica Mundi (Belgium). Recent prizes from competitions include: 2nd Prize from “Young Virtuosos” International Piano Competition (Sofia, 2012), 1st Prize from “Ellen and Ernest Corby” International Piano Transcription Competition (Manchester, 2009), 1st Prize from “Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte” (Czech Republic, 2009), 2nd Prize from Craiova International Piano Competition (Romania, 2011), 1st and Special prize “Peter Shtabekov” from the National Accompanying Competition (Pleven, 2011, 2013), 1st Prize from “MAGIC” International Competition for Austrian and German music with a piano trio (Burgas, 2011), 2nd Prize from the Competition for Austrian Chamber Music (Sofia, 2012). Lili has given solo recitals in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, USA, UK. With her piano trio she has performed in New York and Washington. Lili has been a soloist of orchestras in Bulgaria and abroad – New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia), Classic FM (Sofia), Symphonietta “Vidin”, Columbia County Chamber Orchestra and CCYO (Georgia, USA), Symphonietta “Athens” (Greece).

Ines Simeonova was born in Dobrich. In 2013, she graduated from the National Music School in Sofia in the piano class of Mariana Shikova. Currently, Ines is a freshman at the National Academy of Music majoring in Piano in the studio of prof. Borislava Taneva.
A prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, Ines is proud with her First Prizes at the Varban Varbanov National Competition for performance of a Bulgarian work (Bourgas), the Young Talents International Competition (San Bartolomeo, Italy), the Pro piano International Competition (Bucharest, Romania), and many others. She was also awarded as a chamber musician, accompanist and has actively participated in many Masterclasses if reknown music teachers in Bulgaria and abroad.
Ines has performed in various concerts at Studio 5, Bulgarian National Radio’s first studio, National Music School Hall, Bulgaria Hall, National Palace of Culture, and others.


Musical programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Excerpts from “The Magic Flute” opera:

- Monostatos’ Aria
- Queen of the Night’s Aria
- Papageno’s Aria

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Excerpts from the “Swan lake” ballet:

- First Scène
- Waltz
- Dance of the Little Swans

Anatoly Lyadov – Baba Yaga Op. 56

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Excerpts from the “Nutcracker” ballet:

- March
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
- Russian Dance
- The Dance of the Reed Flutes
- Waltz of the Flowers

​Program, 23 March 2014

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Reserve your ticket here

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Reserve your ticket here


On Sunday, March 23th, 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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