“Melodies of Europe” Concert Features Bulgarian Music

American Music Festivals presents “Melodies of Europe,” a concert by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, November 11, 3:30PM at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 739 N Oakley Blvd. in Chicago. On the concert will be music of Bulgaria, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, and Poland. The event begins with a pre-concert talk “Celebrating European Traditions and Freedom” by Amb. Jonathan Moore, who served for 30 years in Europe and elsewhere and is a Board
Member of American Music Festivals.
Continuing its cultural exchange with the Bulgarian American community, the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra has performed in concerts with the Bulgarian American Cultural Center (Northeastern Illinois University and pianist Viktoria Vassilenko), at the Skokie Theatre (Bulgarian and American music with violinist Kamen Vachev) and at St. Sofia Bulgarian Orthodox Church (with violinist Violetta Todorova and painter Kina Bagovska).

Conductor Philip Simmons has appeared in Bulgaria twice, working with the Varna Chamber Orchestra and Razgrad Philharmonic.
“Melodies of Europe” will explore music from European countries and composers that are special to American Music Festivals. It will be the fourth concert in Ukrainian Village by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra since the beginning of the war. Previous programs were “Ukrainian Culture in Chicago” at the Ukrainian National Museum, “Peace in Ukraine” at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, and “Genocide in Europe” in collaboration with the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation.
The upcoming Nov. 11 concert will feature two Bulgarian works: the popular folk dance “Novo Cetvorno” and the “Andante Doloroso” from the String Quartet No. 1 of master composer Pancho Vladigerov. It will also include Ukrainian spiritual music and the hauntingly beautiful “Melody” by Myroslav Skoryk. Rounding out the program will be music of Dvorak, Oginski, Karlowicz, and Sevdah songs sung by Samir Hadzalic.
Introducing the November 11 concert will be speaker Jonathan Moore, a native of Lake County, Illinois. He was commissioned into the U.S. Foreign Service in 1990 and retired from that career in July. As a U.S. diplomat, he worked in the Balkans, the Baltics, the former Soviet Union, and southern Africa. Ambassador Moore also held fellowships in the U.S. Congress and at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. At the
State Department, he played a senior role on issues including the United Nations, health, science, and space diplomacy. He has been a fan of the American Music Festivals family for some time, attending concerts throughout Chicagoland and hosting Maestro Simmons in Belarus.
American Music Festivals (AMF) is a nonprofit committed to cultural exchange and preserving orchestral heritage. It regularly presents concerts in the Chicago area by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra. AMF is a collaborative organization, performing in many diverse communities with concerts at a variety of venues. AMF’s international outreach has focused primarily on Eastern and Central Europe, and it is pleased to bring communities together to share culture and goodwill. Co-sponsors of the concert include
Loeber Motors, the Polish National Alliance, and Connect Mortgage Corp.
Admission for this event will be $20, with proceeds divided equally between American Music Festivals and Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church. For tickets or more information, visit www.americanmusicfestivals.org.

“Bulgaria SEGA” Newspaper


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