What’s On: European Music Festival 2014 in Sofia

The 2014 European Music Festival is underway in Sofia, continuing until June 12.

The programme of the festival is intended to represent a variety of musical genres.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the first performance in Bulgaria of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man. Essentially an anti-war piece, the work is based on the Roman Catholic mass and is dedicated to the victims of war in Kosovo.

The festival also sees, thanks to co-operation with the Spanish embassy, the first performance in Bulgaria by Spanish quarter Casals.

There will be an Eastern concert featuring two Polish artists, trumpet player Maciej Fortuna and pipe organist Alicia Fortuna, while in co-operation with the embassy of Israel, there will be a performance of The Unknown Telemann Stranger on May 21.

The festival includes an April 16 performance by students from the National School of Music and a chamber concert on May 20 by students from the National Academy of Music.

Founded in 2001, the European Music Festival this year is being held in support of Sofia’s bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2019.

Further details about the festival can be found here.

(Image: Robert Proksa/sxc.hu)




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