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Dear friends,

We are delighted to present to you the Fifteenth Anniversary Season of Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York! Thanks to the joint efforts of our Executive and Advisory Boards, many individual sponsors, volunteers, the American Foundation for Bulgaria, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria, we will continue to delight the New York public with yet another exciting season of musical collaboration between world renowned Bulgarian and international artists.

We begin with a special Opening Night Gala at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 16, 2019. This year we will pay tribute to Prof. Pavlina Dokovska, without whose help and guidance, our organization would not exist and who is the creative force behind a number of unique cultural experiences in New York. An important part of our mission is to bring works by Bulgarian composers to the New York audience. This season we will feature the work “Such Different Paths” by Grammy nominated Dobrinka Tabakova.

In addition, we will present six concerts, free of charge, at the Bulgarian Consulate General's elegant library. The intimate chamber music setting provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and has become "the secret of the neighborhood". Each year we feature world-renowned artists and this season is no exception. Some of the highlights of the programs include chamber music concert with celebrated artists, such as Tchaikovsky competition laureate cellist Sergey Antonov in the concert "From East to West" on November 12, 2019; Grammy-nominated baritone Randall Scarlata and renowned Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Mariana Karpatova in the concert "An Evening of Art Songs" on January 14, 2020; and the violin-piano duo Luis Margalhaes and Alissa Margulis on April 21, 2020.

We are also planning an exciting collaboration on March 24, 2020 with Stanichka Dimitrova’s PhiloSonia Ensemble for which we will venture to the exciting DiMenna Center on West 37th Street. The event will be our second collaboration with a chamber music group for the production of a special event at one of the fabulous performance spaces in the city. Please note that this is a ticketed event.

The end of our season marks another important milestone - Musical Treasures from Bulgaria is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on May 19, 2020 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The series was founded and continues to be organized to this day by Prof. Pavlina Dokovska and has been supported by St. Cyril and Methodius International Foundation.

We encourage you to become a sponsor by reserving seats for our concerts at the Bulgarian Consulate. To do so, please fill out the enclosed reservation envelope, or send us a tax-deductible contribution of $25 per concert, per person to Bulgarian Concert Evenings, P.O. Box 231160, New York, NY 10023. Please make checks payable to the American Foundation for Bulgaria, our umbrella organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extend permitted by law.

We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!

Sincerely,

Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova, Co-Chairs

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