Everyone has its own melody at the 30th anniversary edition of New Year’s Music Fest
This year National Palace of Culture celebrates in a special way the 30th edition of New Year’s Music Fest. The program is prepared by Vesko Eshkenazi and the team of “Producing Center” at National Palace of Culture. This is the reason why it is so well balanced and suitable for professional connoisseurs of classical music and also for the wider public.
The festival will open with the symphony concert “Brahms Remixed”, which is collaborative project between Bulgarian National Radio and the Palace. The project is very modern reading of the global trends in classical music. “Concerto Grosso” for violoncello, DJ and symphony orchestra on the symphony No 4 of Brahms”. Now the Bulgarian public has the chance to feel the magic of these sounds and rhythm on November 30th at Hall 1 at 19 o’clock. Soloists will be the cellist Bernhard Hedenborg from Austria and DJ Grazzhoppa from Belgium, together with the symphony orchestra of BNR with the conductor Rosen Gergov. Theodosii Spassov will take special part in the concert in collaboration with the Bulgarian DJ Cooh.
Once again the audience will have the chance to listen to “Concert for Four Grand Pianos”, but in a new version. The virtuosos from the Piano Quarted “Gershwin” will arrive for the first time in Bulgaria – the pianists Andre Desponds, Stephan Virt, Misha Chang and Benjamin Engeli. The event promises to be one of the most brilliant musical experiences of the year. It is produced by the Palace and it will be held on December 18th /Sunday/ at 20:00 o’clock.
This year special attention is paid to the concerts of the name of two very important figures of Bulgarian music- Vili Kazasyan and Nicola Ghiuselev. The multimedia concert performance “For Vili” will be present from the “daughter of the father” and th National Palace of Culture for the whole generation, for which Vili was a living legend and inspiration. Except Hilda Kazasyan on the stage will be and The Big Band of Bulgarian National Radio with conductor Anthony Donchev. In hall 1 many Bulgarian stars including Orlin Goranov, Bogdana Karadocheva, Vasil Petrov and others will expect you. The event is on December 8th at 20:00 o’clock.
The anniversary concert “The knight of Opera” is in memoriam of the 80th anniversary of the birth of Nicola Ghiuselev. It will be held on December 13th /Tuesday/ at 19:00 o’clock. It takes special place in the program of New Year’s Music Fest, because many famous opera singers will come in Bulgaria to take part in the concert. Starting with Boiko Cvetanov (tenor), Kaludi Kaludov (tenor), Vladimir Stoyanov (baritone), Mariyan Yovanoski (baritone), Nickolay Kurnolski (bass), Orlin Anastasov (bass), Francesca Patane (soprano), Daniela Dyakova (mezzo-soprano). The conductor will be the very famous Italian Maestro Donato Renzetti. Sofia Philharmonic and National Philharmonic choir “Svetoslav Obretenov” with conductor Slavil Dimitrov also will take part. The concert is organized together with Foundation “Nicola Ghiuselev” and National Palace of Culture.
For another year the festival will include suitable events also for the youngest visitors of the Palace. The ballet from the famous Grimm’s fairy tale – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” with the music by Alexander Yossifov will be brought to life on the stage at Hall 1 at the Palace right before Christmas holidays – December 23th at 19:00 o’clock. Students from the ballet classes of National School of Arts “Prof. Veselin Stoyanov”-Ruse, Vaya Dance Studio and Ruse State Opera also will take part in the performance. The concert of Children Choir of BNR “Winter Fairy Tale” is on December 28th at 19:00 o’clock at Hall 6.
Another interesting musical event, which is the first of its kind music show is called ”The duel for two grand pianos”. This competition will be between Teodor Petkov and Angel Nikolov and lead by Rashko Mladenov. The spectators will be witnesses of an improvisation in different styles, genres and standards of selected musical themes. The project is implemented together with Pancho Vladigerov Foundation and it will be held on December 21st at 19:00 o’clock at Hall 3.
This year chamber concerts will take essential part of our festive program too. On December 1st at 19:00 o’clock at Hall 6 you will be welcomed by the magnificent concert of baroque music “The voice of the loving viola”. Participants are Albena Naidenova (soprano) and Marianne Rione from Austria, who will play authentic viola. On December 5th at 19:00 o’clock at the same hall the audience can see “Folklore will meet the Classics”, which will introduce music from all over the world thanks to country group “Lilly from The West and Quarto Quartet”.
The recitals by Prof. Jeni Zaharieva “The music message of love” will be on December 8th at 19:00 o’clock and “Love and Nostalgia” with the participation of Mariana Cvetkova (soprano) and Alek Avedisyan (baritone) will be on December 27th at 19:00 o’clock.
For the romantic connoisseurs is suitable the performance by Trio Ardenca with the participation of the flutist Kremena Acheva, which will take place on December 17th at 19:00 o’clock.
For the biggest “travelers” we recommend the concerts “Bartok and creative impressions”, which is carried out together with Hungarian Cultural Institute in memory of Bella Bartok. In the concert will take part the duo – Valko Bela, cello and Javier Lopez Jorge, piano. The event is on December 7th 19:00 o’clock.
“American Adventure” will take place on December 14th at 19:00 o’clock with the concert of “From the New world...after Dvorak”. The participators Lidiya Oshakova and Ganka Nedelcheva will perform compositions by American composers. All chamber concerts will be at Hall 6.
The festive New Year’s Concert “30 years later” is on January 1st at 18:30 o’clock. The Festive Symphony Orchestra with the conductor Martin Pantaleev will perform famous compositions by Vladigerov, Pipkov, Stravinski, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.
On December 15th at 19:00 o’clock at Hall 3 will be held “Christmas concert by Sofia Symphonics” with conductor Ljubka Biagioni and the special participation of Vasil Petrov. Another wonderful concert will be the “New Year’s Opera Ball” at Hall 1 with the fragments from “The Bat” by Johann Strauss with participation of State Musical and Ballet Centre - Sofia. The conductor will be again Ljubka Biagioni.
The unique appearance of the anniversary New Year’s Music Fest will be achieved with great number of Bulgarian compositions, which will be included in every concert of the fest.