Kids choose music over streets
The Sofia Philharmonic is reaching out to the Children's Symphony Orchestra - SlivenEuropost , Sofia
The Sofia Philharmonic is reaching out to the kids from the Children's Symphony Orchestra - Sliven and inviting fans to experience the emotions of a very special concert. At 6pm on 4 July, the children's orchestra will be sharing the stage of Bulgaria's most prestigious hall with musicians from the national orchestra.
The children's orchestra was founded by violinist Georgi Kalaydzhiev, a former concertmaster of the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra. His project Music over Streets was launched about 10 years ago with lessons in classical musical instruments - violin, piano, viola and guitar - for Roma kids from the Nadezhda neighbourhood in Sliven. Its mission is to open up new horizons to arts and creativity for local children on social welfare payments. Currently, the project's school is teaching thirty kids, whose age ranges between seven and thirteen, how to play various classical musical instruments. In addition to getting free lessons in violin, piano, viola, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, etc., they study solfeggio. The curriculum also includes intensive training in Bulgarian language and literature as well as painting.
Several of the Music over Streets project's alumni are continuing their education at musical schools in Stara Zagora and Burgas. They are supported with scholarships provided by Maestro Georgi Kalaydzhiev and Maria Hauschild and their German partners. Recently, the project's school celebrated its first alumnus accepted to the National Academy of Music - violinist Tsvetelina Hristova, who graduated from the National School of Music and Stage Arts in Burgas.
The Sofia Philharmonic is supporting the efforts of the children from Sliven to learn the art of classical music and standing by them to prove that music can give hope for a better life.
The concert will be conducted by Slavil Dimitrov. The programme includes works by Bach, Shostakovich, Piazzolla, etc.