Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra: January Classical music delights

In January 2013, the programme of the Sofia Philharmonicc Orchestra comprises a number of  inspiring classical music concerts, part of various classical music series, such as Sofia-Culture-Europe II, Musical Masterpieces, Sound dialogues II etc.

The first concert for 2013 will take place on January 6th, under the baton of the permanent guest conductor Shungo Moriama. This first concert is called “Music from Japan”, and will include a world premiere of  “Fantasy Labyrinth” (concert for harmonica and orchestra), by Kazunori Maruyama

The main venue of the events traditionally is Bulgaria Hall, and tickets (10-20 BGN) can be purchased from the box of Sofia Philharmonic – “Aksakov” № 1, Sofia, or online via : Ticketsplus

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 Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra concerts for January, 2013

Sunday 6 January, 2013, 5 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall

Concert ‘Music Japan’

Permanent Guest Conductor: Shungo Moriama


Natsumi Nishikori, flute, Japan

Marina Yamaguchi, flute, Japan

Risa Minami, chromatic harmonica, Japan

Nanae Shimomura, koto, Japan

Keiko Okiyoshi, soprano, Japan

Seira Uining, ballet, Japan

Program highlights:

Friedrich Kuhlau– Trio in G major, Op. 119 (Transcription for two flutes and orchestra by Shungo Moriama)

Kazunori Maruyama

–          Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra “Fantasy Labyrinth ” (world premiere)

–          Life Treasure for harmonica and orchestra

Nanae Shimomura / Tofu Kaiki – Concerto for koto and orchestra

Seven Japanese songs for voice and orchestra – Orchestration by  Shungo Moriama

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – excerpts from the ballet “Nutcracker”

Thursday 10 January 2013, 7 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall

First concert from the series Sofia-Culture-Europe II


Permanent guest conductor: Yong Chill Lee, Republic of Korea


Alexander Knyazev, violoncello, Russia

Takashi Shimizu, violin, Japan

Program highlights:

Johannes Brahms – Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 102

Antonin Dvořák- Symphony No 9 From the New World E minor op.95

Thursday 17 January 2013, 7 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall

First Concert from the series Musical Masterpieces

Principal conductor: Martin Panteleev

Soloist: Philippe Quint, violin, USA

Program highlights:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op.35

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – “Scheherazade”

Wednesday 23 January 2013, 7 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall, Chamber Hall

First Concert from the series Sound dialoguesII

National Philharmonic Choir “Svetoslav Obretenov”

Conductor: Ilia Mihaylov

Program highlights:

“Music and Poetry of the English Renaissance”

Spiritual music and madrigals by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, John Wilbye Orlando Gibbons.

Poetry and drama excerpts from works by:

William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Philip Sydney, Thomas Wyatt.

With the special participation of Hristo Cheshmedzhiev

Sunday 27 January 2013, 5 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall

First concert from the series Classical Sunday II

Conductor: Tsanko Delibozov

Soloist: Yovcho Krushev, piano


Mozart, ‘Les petits riens’ Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No 12, A major, K414

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No 1 C Major Op. 21

Thursday 31 January 2013, 7 p.m.

Bulgaria Hall

Second Concert from the series Musical Masterpieces

Conductor: Reinhard Zeehafer, Germany

Soloist: Kalia Kalcheva, piano

Program highlights:

Zeehafer Reinhardt – “Roots” (premiere)

Camille Saint-Saëns- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 G minor op.22

Cesar Franck – Symphony in D minor

More information:

Tickets can be purchased online from Ticket Plus

And from the tickets office at Bulgaria Concert Hall, 1 Aksakov Str., Sofia 1000

(Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

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