Masterpiece Folk Musical Brings Bulgarian Music and Dances to Boston's Stage

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Old traditions of a distant Eastern European culture come to life through heart-moving choreography, sounds and sights. Scenes of everyday life take the audience to an unforgettable cultural journey.

Bulgarian-American Center (BAC) Madara, dedicated to promoting the Bulgarian culture and serving the Bulgarian community in greater Boston, proudly presents for the first time in the United States the masterpiece folk musical "This is Bulgaria". The Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble "Bulgare" (http://www.bulgare.net), the largest private folk group in Europe, is bringing to Boston a performance of unique choreography, vibrant costumes, and rich colors and sounds. Bulgarian folklore comes alive with a blend of drama, music, songs and dances.

The Boston performance is part of the 7th Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England marking the 100th anniversary of Bulgaria's Independence. The musical's only performance in the Boston area is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM in John Hancock Hall at 180 Berkeley Street in Boston.

Pushing the envelope in folk performance arts, Hristo Dimitrov is the playwright, choreographer, director and producer of the show. "This is Bulgaria" uniquely weaves folk and classical music composed exclusively for the show by Milcho Vassilev. The show features the virtuoso performance of 50 professional dancers and singer Albena Veskova, former soloist of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. The musical depicts everyday life in rural Bulgaria from over 150 years ago.

"The musicals of the Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble "Bulgare" stir an authentic and touching experience of Bulgaria's culture and traditions at the highest professional level," says Washington, DC-based Tatiana Sarbinska, acclaimed Bulgarian folk vocalist and teacher. "Ensemble "Bulgare" is the top folklore group in Bulgaria."

Tickets for the show range between $25 and $35, and can be purchased online at http://www.bgcenter.org/events/2009/Bulgare/Bulgare.html. Group discounts are available and children under 12 attend free of charge.

To extend the reach of the event, BAC Madara has set aside free tickets for local charitable and non-profit organizations.

Hristo and Elena Dimitrov founded ensemble "Bulgare" in October 2002 with support from family and friends. Their mission was to reignite the Bulgarian spirit and awake its power during the times of hardship following the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. To do that, Hristo and Elena counted on going back to the roots and invoking the power of Bulgarian folklore that has helped preserve the nation's cultural identity during a period of extended foreign rule.

The 7th Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England also includes a Gala Concert featuring kaval player and Grammy award winner Theodosii Spassov and acclaimed Bulgarian folk singer Tatiana Sarbinska on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM in Springstep, Medford, MA. The Chicago Tribune describes Theodosii's style as "a jam session between Ian Anderson and Thelonius Monk." According to The Boston Herald, "Tatiana Sarbinska performs with a brilliant style, with a rich vocal technique, a wide vocal range, and a lively artistic presence".

To learn more about these and future events, view sample videos or purchase tickets, visit http://www.bgcenter.org.

About BAC Madara:
BAC Madara is an organization dedicated to promoting the Bulgarian culture, traditions, music and language, and serving the Bulgarian community in greater Boston. Relying on volunteers, the organization has produced multiple Bulgarian cultural events, including the Annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival, concerts and performances, lectures, music classes and others. To learn more or explore upcoming events, visit http://www.bgcenter.org.

About "Bulgare":
Founded in 2002, the Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble "Bulgare" is the largest private folk group in Europe. The ensemble features 50 professional dancers and singer Albena Veskova, former soloist of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. The group's musicals include "This is Bulgaria", "Bulgaria Through the Centuries" and "Albena". The ensemble delivers more than 100 performances annually throughout the world and has had extraordinary success in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Japan and other countries. To learn more, visit http://www.bulgare.net.

Media Contact:
Mariana St.Germain
BAC Madara
(781) 209-1401
http://www.bgcenter.org

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