26-30 August 2010

Thracian Lyre

Pazardjik, Bulgaria

Angel Tsenov - conductor
Stefan Stefanov – piano accompaniment
Elena Gorostanova, Aleksander Minkov – solo vocals

Competition Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
Prispivna Anonymous  
Ave, verum corpus W. A. Mozart  
Mari mome Nikolai Behterev Bulgarian Folk
V tamen les se skitam Bela Bartok  
Ne stoi, kladenetso, palen arr. Vladimir Sokolov Russian Folk
Belokamenna cheshma arr. Angel Tsenov Ivan Popov
Mile Pop-Jordanov arr. Dragan Shupleski Macedonian Folk

Folk Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
Son mi doide arr. Todor Popov Bulgarian Folk
Baba Minkovtsa Aleksandar Morfov Bulgarian Folk
Nochenka arr. Georgi Robev Bulgarian Folk
Zakasnila e Lalitsa arr. Jul Levi Bulgarian Folk
Mile Pop-Jordanov arr. Dragan Shuplenski Macedonian Folk
Devoichinia, gugutchinia Dobri Hristov Bulgarian Folk
Tri momi hubavi arr. Todor Popov Bulgarian Folk

Trakiiska Lira Choir was founded in Pazardjik, Bulgaria, in 2003 as part of the Military Club in the town. During this period Trakiiska Lira Choir showed remarkable development in its professional growth and was awarded in two consecutive years (2006 and 2007) a Special Diploma and a Diploma for Best Participant among the military choirs in Bulgaria. In 2007 the choir was promoted to the Singing Union Lira. This allowed the choir not only to expand its concert activities, but also its outreach activities. In May 2009 Trakiiska Lira Choir went on a highly successful tour in the Netherlands. Trakiiska Lira Choir performs works from different styles and periods, but has its premier goal is to popularize the works of Bulgarian composers.

The conductor of the choir is PhD. Angel Tsenov, an Associate Professor in conducting at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”. Mr. Tsenov is a winner of the Grand Prize for Author’s Song at the Second International Festival Pautalia, Kyustendil, Bulgaria (2008). In the same year he was awarded with the Award “Sladkopoina Chuchuliga” by the Union for Music and Dance in Pazardjik municipality “for his active participation in the development of choral singing in Pazardjik”.

Pazardjik is an administrative and cultural center in South Bulgaria. The town is placed on the beautiful banks of Maritsa river in the Upper-Thracian Valley very close to the Rodopi and Sredna Gora mountains. It is positioned between the capital Sofia and the second biggest city in the country, Plovdiv. The town is remarkable for its cultural and historical past, which the town vigilantly preserves and actively enriches.

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