Sofia Music Weeks

Sofia Music Weeks

May-June
Sofia, Bulgaria, is one of Europe's oldest cities and thus an appropriate site for an international classical music festival. For the three weeks of this festival, the capital city's most stately concert halls—including Bulgaria Hall and the National Palace of Culture—open their doors to opera companies, ballet companies, symphonies, orchestras, and other artists. The festival also includes an educational component for classical music students.
The festival first took place in 1971 and expanded throughout that decade. By 1982 it had earned a membership in the European Festivals Association. Although all international performers are welcomed and appreciated, festival organizers ensure representation for national artists. Past years have featured the Sofia Philharmonic, Sofia Opera, Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir, and Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble. Music selections will often celebrate great native composers.
Beyond the performances, the festival program offers symposiums on music theory, photograph exhibitions, screenings of filmed operas, and master classes for young musicians and singers.
CONTACTS:
National Palace of Culture
1 Bulgaria Sq.
Sofia 1414 Bulgaria
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