Sofia Philharmonic presents stars without masks

Maestro Nayden Todorov

Maestro Nayden Todorov introduced some of the artists scheduled to be guests of Sofia Philharmonic during the 2020-2021 season as part of its online project Without Masks. World-renowned soprano Diana Damrau is to open the season under the baton of Pavel Balev on 5 September. Among the soloists are pianist Martha Argerich (Argentina), tenor Juan Diego Florez, Qidon Kremer, Valentina Lisitsa, Frederic Chaslin, Oleg Maisenberg, Maxim Vengerov, as well as the young but already very popular violinist Ray Chen. The postponed concert starring Shlomo Mintz will take place on 11 October.

Maestro Todorov expressed his hope that the pandemic will not prevent the audience's meeting with these artists. Another accent during the new season is the invitation by Gramophone magazine for Sofia Philharmonic to be a guest at its award ceremony in London in October.

Sofia Philharmonic is among the first orchestras in the world to present the music of Dan Brown. It is a little known fact that the bestselling writer is also a musician and has composed music for his first children's book. The concert will be part of the children's programme of Fortissimo Philharmonic.

The director of the Philharmonic reassured the audience that once the state of emergency is lifted, anyone who bought tickets for concerts that had not taken place will have the opportunity to return or revalidate them for another date or a new event.

The maestro said that Gershwin is his most favourite composer and that on his playlist, apart from classical music, there are songs by Anastasia, ABBA and Queen, adding that his stage costumes sometimes convey a hidden message, and that he often suffers from terrible stage fright.

The next guest in the Sofia Philharmonic's online project Without Masks will be the famous Bulgarian pianist Lyudmil Angelov. He will answer questions on the Facebook page of the Philharmonic on 5 May, starting from 5pm.

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