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98th International Music Festival “Varna summer”

Saturday, 22/06/2024г.-Saturday, 05/10/2024г.
98th International Music Festival “Varna summer”

22.06 - 05.10.2024
Programme 2024

 

June 22, 8:00 p.m. - Official opening
Varna State Opera

June 26, 7:00 p.m. - Ensemble Sirba, France
Drama Theater Varna

June 27, 7 p.m. - Austro-Hungarian Orchestra "Joseph Haydn"
Festival and congress center

June 29, 7 p.m. - Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich
Festival and congress center

June 30, 7 p.m. - "Vinophony" - Piano recital by Julien Gernay
Varna City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 4, 8:00 p.m. - Wood - Skin - Air
Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum - Varna

July 7, 7:00 p.m. - The big little ones
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 6-14 - Master classes and seminars
National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov"

July 9, 8:00 p.m. - concert of Ethno Ensemble Ih Tsetsn from China
Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum - Varna

July 10, 7:00 p.m. - Violin master class by Dimitar Burov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 10, 7:00 p.m. - Viola master class by Rumen Tsvetkov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 11, 7:00 p.m. - Opera singing master class by Emil Ivanov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 12, 7:00 p.m. - String Trio Albena Danailova, Rumen Tsvetkov and Alexander Somov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 12, 8 p.m. - Choir concert
Yunashki Salon

July 13, 7:00 p.m. - Lyudmil Angelov and Rumen Tsvetkov with works by Beethoven
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 14, 7:00 p.m. - Violin master class by Prof. Mincho Minchev
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

July 17, 7:00 p.m. - Stradivari Sextet, Italy
Aula Hall, University of Economics - Varna

July 20, 7 p.m. - Rodney Clarke – baritone and Marina Savova – piano
City Art Gallery

July 21, 10:00 p.m. - Will Santt concert
Menthol club

July 23, 8:00 p.m. - Dani Belcheva – "Naive" album
Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum - Varna

July 24, 8:00 p.m. - Georgi Kornazov/Armel Dupas Quartet
Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum - Varna

July 25, 7 p.m. - Concert in memory of Prof. Ifra Niemann
City Art Gallery

July 25, 8:00 p.m. - Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra
Festival and Congress Centre - Varna

August 9, 9 p.m. - Vasil Petrov and the Vrachan Philharmonic
Varna summer theater

August 11, 7:00 p.m. - Concert of opera singing master classes of Bozhidar Nikolov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

August 29, 8 p.m. - Philharmonic "Pioneer"
Archaeological Museum

September 08, 7 p.m. - German instrumental baroque
Hall of the University of Economics

September 09, 7:00 p.m. - International Symposium Music alongside Danube Concert I
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

September 10, 7:00 p.m. - International Symposium Music alongside Danube Concert II
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

September 11, 7:00 p.m. - International Symposium Music alongside Danube Concert III
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

September 12, 7:00 p.m. - Messe h moll by J. S. Bach
Festival and congress center

September 13, 7 p.m. - Ensemble Modo Antiquo, Italy
Hall of the University of Economics

October 05, 7 p.m. - Closing. Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio
Festival and congress center

 

“Varna Summer” International Music Festival is the first music festival in Bulgaria, founded in 1926 in the city of Varna.

Almost 100 years ago, just after the official opening of the Varna’s Sea Baths in 1926 - the first SPA center in the sea town, emblematic personalities of Varna society at that time, among them the composers Pancho Vladigerov and Dobri Hristov, set the beginning of the first in the country music celebrations, which later became the biggest International Music Festival in Bulgaria. Having received national and international recognition, today the Festival is a representative forum of Bulgarian and world music and music performing art.

The slogan of the first organisers "to unite the best music celebrities of the country" finds its continuation and advance in the promotion of Bulgarian music culture in the policy of Festival’s programming. A number of Bulgarian works have been performed for the first time within the "Varna Summer".

The Festival has multi-genre character and includes the following modules:

  • Core Program – symphony and chamber music
  • International symposium
  • International Summer Music Academy
  • Music Lab – Varna
  • Renaissance and Baroque Music
  • Opera and Ballet
  • Crossover
  • Intermezzo – in partnership with the “Varna Summer” International Theater Festival 
  • “Varna Summer for Kids” - series of educational concerts
  • Parallel Program – exhibitions, films, conferences and others

In its more than 90-year long history the Festival has impressed with the presence of soloists, conductors, symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs, opera ensembles, ballet companies from around the world. But the ambition of every next festival program is to present at the stage of the "Varna Summer" IMF both the renowned names of the world music culture and young artists - future stars. In 1987 the Festival became a member of the European Festival Association based in Geneva. Nowadays, EFA is one of the major non-governmental organizations working at European level in Brussels on the cultural policies of the old continent, which twice consecutively awarded the EFFE Label to "Varna Summer" IMF within the period 2015-2020

In June 2019 The Festival was honored with the EFFE label, an Europe’s quality stamp, for its program and organization among 715 festivals across Europe. The exceptional success of the festival was also confirmed by receiving the AUDIENCE AWARD.

Artistic Director in 2019 and 2020 is Prof. Mario Hossen.  

Venues: Festival and Congress Center, City Art Gallery, Summer Theater, Archaeological Museum courtyard, Varna state opera, University of Economics-Aula, National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov"
Organiser: Varna Municipality - Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
Contact details: tel.: +359 52 820 352; e-mail: culture@varna.bg
www.varnasummerfest.org

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