Having just returned from Austria, in preparation for our performances of Brahm’s Requiem, Faure & Durufle Requiems, & Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, we can tell you that there are great things in store for those coming abroad with us.
We had many meetings during our 10 days in Austria, with the gracious hosts of our featured venues. They are spectacular!
Most notably, we are adding the New Cathedral, Linz as the performance venue on June 15th for the Faure and Durufle performance. This is extremely exciting!
Why? The New Cathedral, Linz is the largest in all of Austria. For those interested in acoustics, it has an EIGHT SECOND echo. Say something and then sit and wait; one one-thousand, two one-thousand, etc. Not to mention, it’s very difficult to gain access and get the privilege to perform. It’s a great honor that Varna International’s concert will be hosted at the New Cathedral, Linz.
For our 15th Music Academy in Vienna, we visited The Gustav Mahler Conservatory of music. It is a very spacious and new facility. Everything is nice. It even smells new. Plus, it is right behind the main concert hall in the center of the city. We could not ask for a better location.
Our 2013 tours in Austria are really coming together. Those who have already joined - be excited. It can only get better. Those interested, contact us and let us know what you want to do.
Not a singer or musician? Not a problem. We would love to have you along on our day-tours, in attendance during a show, or even behind the scenes as the performance days approach. Let us know!
40 days ago Prof Marin Tchonev passed away. It is a Bulgarian custom to set aside the 40th day for a memorial. We wanted to share with you what those closest to him remember.
“We bid farewell to a person who rose above the ordinary goals of a man’s life by endowing his own talent to music with the dedication of a missionary
The fruits of his labor and ambition – the “Morski zvoutsi” choir, the Choir of the Varna boys and young men” – both the pride of the city of Varna, spread the glory of Bulgarian choral art worldwide, made thousand of listeners and musicians hold their breath, made audiences and juries stand on their feet and applaud. Varna became an international musical venue of choral singing – he was the initiator and creator of the May choir competition.
Professor Marin Chonev is the emblem of musical Varna.
Honesty and sincerity make one vulnerable. Yet, he was an honest and sincere man. He was invulnerable to the whims of the times he lived in. He was a renowned social figure and citizen. He was also a loving and caring husband and father in a good family.
Marin Chonev lived among us by generously endowing us his talent of a teacher and conductor. He touched and blessed with the human touch the fate of many people. We are deeply grateful to him for this honor.
May the trace you left be eternal, Maestro!
We bow to you!”
-From the former and present choristers of “Morski zvoutsi”
Congratulations to Stetson University and their execution of two fully-staged orchestral performances of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the State Opera House of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria during the Varna International Opera Academy earlier this week.
The opera performances were held in participation of the Stara Zagora Symphony Orchestra.
For the encore, the orchestra played Gallop from “The Comedians” by Dmitri Kabalevskya blind-folded!!!
Next, the orchestra is headed to the Rose-Picking Festival in Kazanluk and then to Varna for the Varna International Music Academy.