Bulgarian Voices of Seattle invites you to share in the wonderful experiences of our first performance and study tour of Bulgaria at this fun-filled celebration.
Guests will be welcomed, as the choir was welcomed to the village of Solnik, with a mother and child in costume offering traditional bread and salt. Guests will then take their seats at round tables decorated with flower baskets, balloons and colorful tablecloths.
Before and during the event, our guests will have the opportunity to have their photos taken in costume, in front of a Christmas backdrop at a photo booth, by professional photographer and choir member Edi Valcheva. She will print the photos on the spot so guests can take them home the same night.
Our official program will begin with a multimedia slideshow of press/media the choir received in Bulgaria and photo highlights of the tour taken by professional photographer Charlie Jirov. That will be followed by a brief performance by the choir of songs meaningful to the tour: 1) Devoiko maria hubava learned in Varna at a workshop with Tsvetnitsa Choir, director Atanas Iliev; and 2) Stapil Dobri featuring accordionist and singer Michael “Misho” Lawson. He was definitely the star of the tour with this song; they loved him over there!
Next, BCHCS board member Robert Ewen, PhD Slavic Linguistics, will moderate a conversation and Q&A with tour participants to explore what the tour meant to them as immigrants from Bulgaria returning to their homeland as part of a choir singing traditional songs or as non-Bulgarians touring with a Bulgarian choir. We will look also at the effect the tour had on the general public in Bulgaria.
The joyful evening will end with 30 minutes of horo dancing by accordionist Michael “Misho” Lawson and Milka Bosilkova on tapan.
Sponsored by the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle www.seattle-bg.org
Suggested donation: $10/person; $15/family
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We recommend you also attend a wonderful workshop at St Demetrios that same day from 9:00am-3:30pm. Ethnic Heritage Council and University of Washington Libraries Distinctive Collections are presenting a workshop entitled "We are History Keepers!" UW Libraries archivists and librarians specializing in the history of indigenous and immigrant populations of the Pacific Northwest will guide you on preservation and archiving strategies. Members of the Greek, Bulgarian and Ethiopian communities will perform and comment on their traditional music.
Info at www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org.