Romantic summer with Sofia Philharmonic

Classic Art

The Sofia Philharmonic and the National Art Gallery are inviting music fans to a series of concerts at the atrium of the gallery's Square 500 building. The events will be held on Fridays, starting at 6.30pm, from 3 July until 7 August. This cultural space will echo with the sounds of masterpieces of chamber orchestra music performed by various groups of the Sofia Philharmonic.

The series was kicked off on 3 July by the Philharmonica String Quartet with an all-Austrian programme, including Haydn's String Quartet No 6 and Schubert's Rosamunde String Quartet. The concert was part of the programme of the Austrian Music Weeks.

Two more string quartets - Sofia Quartet and Frosch Quartet - will make their debut at the Square 500 on 10 and 17 July and treat their audience to works by Mozart, Haydn, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Brahms.

The Sofia Philharmonic's Brass Quintet and the musicians of Quarto Quartet will present an entertaining programme of Mozart and Spohr pieces on 24 July. These two formations' collaborations have always enjoyed success with music fans.

The newest branch of the Sofia Philharmonic - the flute quartet Flautisimo - will make its debut on 31 July. The girls, who made an impression with their at-home recordings during the pandemic, will play for a live audience and share the stage with their just-as-talented fellow musicians of the Bella Voce vocal group. This all-female cast will perform works by Mendelssohn, Donizetti, Berlioz, Leoncavallo, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams, etc.

On 7 August the chamber ensemble Classic Art will take its audience on a journey through several music eras - from Mozart to the rock band Queen. The ensemble will be joined on stage by clarinet player Yavor Dobrev and French horn player Mihail Mihaylov.

Concert tickets are now available at the ticket centre of Bulgaria Hall and on the Eventim online platform. Tickets will also grant access to the permanent exhibition at Square 500. The newest and largest building of the National Art Gallery features 28 halls spread over four floors, where 1,600 artworks by famous Bulgarian, European and American artists as well as masterpieces of Asian and African art are on display.

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