Classic FM Radio Orchestra to Perform EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS Opening Concert in Frankfurt

The elite ensemble presents two concerts at the prestigious Alte Oper Frankfurt in October

2 October, 2014, Sofia

The Classic FM Radio Orchestra conducted by Grigor Palikarov will perform the opening gala concert of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB in Frankfurt am Main. The orchestra is to showcase the musical culture of Bulgaria at one of Germany’s most prestigious classical music concert halls, Alte Oper Frankfurt on October 15. This significant event is organized by the European Central Bank (ECB) in collaboration with the Bulgarian National Bank. Featured soloists are remarkable Bulgarian mezzo soprano Nadia Krasteva, as well as outstanding pianist Ludmil Angelov. The concert program presents milestone works of the Bulgarian classical tradition – Pancho Vladigerov’s Vardar Rhapsody and Third Piano Concerto, Petko Stainov’s Rachenitsa from the Thracian Dances, an aria from Lyubomir Pipkov’s opera, Momtchil, as well as the song Sineokata by Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin. Nadia Krasteva is to perform a few of her signature arias.

The second concert of the Classic FM Radio Orchestra, once again under the baton of Grigor Palikarov features young Bulgarian talents Elin Kolev (violin), Lora Markova (violin), and pianist Victoria Vassilenko on October 18. It is to take place at the Mozartsaal at Alte Oper Frankfurt. Both concerts, as well as another set of upcoming jazz concerts (part of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS in November) are presented by Cantus Firmus music company, which in recent years has brought some of the most significant names in classical music to Bulgaria, such as Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Shlomo Mintz, Mischa Maisky, and Gidon Kremer, among others.

The EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS festival was established in 2003, and every edition of the festival highlights the culture of a selected EU member state. A variety of genres and different forms of the cultural life of a given country are presented, such as classical music, dance, theatre, literature, and history, and these events become some of Frankfurt’s most remarkable cultural memories. So far, the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS featured the following countries – Portugal (2003), Poland (2004), Hungary (2005), Austria (2006), Greece (2007), the EU as a whole (2008), Romania (2009), The Netherlands (2010), Italy (2011), France (2012), and Latvia (2013). This year’s edition is dedicated to Bulgaria under the title Colourful Bulgaria, and will run through December 12. Other cultural events feature the Bulgarian National Radio Children’s Choir, the Bulgarian Puppet Theatre, Ensemble Dragostin Folk Natsional (conducted by Stefan Dragostinov), Neshka Robeva’s dance group with their show (The Mystery of Enyovden), jazz musicians Angel Zaberski, Vassil Petrov, Stoyan Yankulov, Mihail Yossifov, as well as a historical presentation of the Thracian civilization.