Authentic and contemporary folklore performances mark the beginning of the Bulgarian Presidency

08.01.2018

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Performances of authentic folklore songs and instrumental compositions, old Bulgarian Orthodox chants, traditional dances and folklore rhythms with a contemporary twist will be featured in the Opening Ceremony for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will take place at 19:30 local time on  11 January 2018 at the National Theater “Ivan Vazov”.
 
The ceremony will begin with a performance of the national anthem of the Republic of Bulgaria by the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, followed by a welcoming address by the minister for the Bulgarian Presidency Lilyana Pavlova. The first part of the ceremony will feature speeches by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Tsveta Karayancheva, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov. At the end of this panel the Children’s Choir will sing the anthem of the European Union.

The concert will feature performances by the chamber ensemble “Yoan Kukuzel – The Angel Voiced”, the “Eva Quartet” vocal a capella formation, Stoyan Yankulov and the Chinary Ensemble, the National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare”, the Bulgarian instrumental formation “Bulgara”, and the duo Kris and Velin.

PROGRAMME

National Anthem of the Republic of Bulgaria  

Performed by the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio

 

Welcoming Address

Liliana Pavlova – Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018

Official Speeches:

Rumen Radev – President of the Republic of Bulgaria

Antonio Tajani – President of the European Parliament

Donald Tusk – President of the Council of the European Union

Jean-Claude Juncker – President of the European Commission

Boyko Borissov – Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

The Anthem of the European Union 

Performed by the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio

 

Vo Tsaarstvii Tvoem”

Composer Dobri Hristov

Performed by the “Yoan Kukuzel – the Angel-Voiced” Chamber Ensemble

 

“Medley of authentic Shopski songs from Western Bulgaria”

Performed by “Eva Quartet” Vocal A Capella Formation

 

“Fireplace”, dance with drums

Performed by Stoyan Yankoulov and the “Chinary” Ensemble

 

“Nadigravane” Shopski dance

Performed by the National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare”

 

“Nestinari” dance

Performed by the Bulgarian Instrumental Formation “Bulgara”

 

“Love Runs Out“

Performed by Kris and Velin, “Bulgara” and “Bulgare”

 

Information about the performers:

The Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio

The Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio was established by Acad. Hristo Nedyalkov in 1960. Chief Conductor Venecia Karamanova is a follower of Maestro Nedyalkov. The formation’s repertoire comprises works of old masters from all periods and styles, works of contemporary Bulgarian and foreign composers, and choir arrangements of Bulgarian and other folklore songs.

The “Yoan Kukuzel – the Angel-Voiced” Chamber Ensemble

Established in 1967, the “Yoan Kukuzel – The Angel Voiced” Chamber Ensemble was the first to present on stage old Bulgarian Orthodox chants. Church music is philosophy in sounds and each work searches for the glory of the world and the meaning of human existence. The ensemble continues to promote and present to audiences the genuine traditions of mono- and polyphonic chanting.

The “Eva Quartet” Vocal Acapella Formation“

The “Eva Quartet” Vocal a capella Formation was established in 1995 and comprises four soloists from the famous Bulgarian Choir “The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices”. Their repertoire showcases authentic folklore songs, arrangements of folklore songs written especially for them, works of famous Bulgarian composers, as well as Slavic Orthodox church music.

Stoyan Yankoulov and the “Chinary” Ensemble

One of the best Bulgarian percussionists – Stoyan Yankulov - Stundzhy, and the dancers from the Chinary Ensemble, came together to present the mystical rhythm of eleven drums. Stoyan Yankulov has a unique style and manages to present the orchestral sound of percussion. He takes traditional drumming further by combining authentic folklore with new means of expression in the art of percussion. The dancers from the Chinary Ensemble are virtuosos of traditional and contemporary Bulgarian dances and songs.  They present the dance and song traditions from all folklore areas in Bulgaria.

The National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare”

The National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare” was established in 2002 by choreographer Hristo Dimitrov. They perform large scale productions showing the most characteristic features of the music, songs, dances and mentality of Bulgarians. The repertoire of the ensemble comprises shows like “This is Bulgaria”, “Bulgaria throughout the Centuries”, “Albena” and the “Eighth Wonder”.

The Bulgarian Instrumental Formation “Bulgara”

The Bulgarian Instrumental Formation “Bulgara” performs compositions combining traditional musical instruments like kaval, bag-pipe, tambura, gadulka and drum with electric guitar, percussion and electronic sound. The musicians bring together Bulgarian folklore elements with folklore of other nations, Pop, Jazz, Rock and Drum&Base motifs.

Kris and Velin

Opera singer Velin Mihaylov and Choir Conductor Chris Popov are one of the most recent duos in Bulgarian music. Both of them have a classical music background, but they work in various genres like Pop, Latino and R&B.  

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