The Varna Summer International Music Festival - 90th anniversary
20 May 2016
This year's edition of the first
Bulgarian music festival will last over 100 days. The Baroque module will extend the tourist and cultural season in
the sea capital of our country by
the end of September. 46 events will meet the audience in Varna with classical and contemporary music created within seven centuries.
The "Varna Summer"
International Music Festival, the first music festival in Bulgaria and among
the first in Europe, celebrates 90 years since its establishment. The
program of this big summer artistic forum carries on one respectable tradition
and for the first time the festival will be lasting more than 100 days and will
include 46 events.
The jubilee edition remains
faithful to the legacy of its founders and visionaries from 1926: "To present to the
citizens of Varna the best of Bulgarian and world music scene." The rich multi-genre program is structured in
- CORE PROGRAM - SYMPHONY AND
CHAMBER MUSIC (18 June - 17 July)
- INTERNATIONAL SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY (8–16 July)
- “VARNA SUMMER” MUSIC LAB (18-24 July)
- CROSSOVER (25-27 July)
- OPEN-AIR OPERA AND BALLET (28 June - 22 August)
- EARLY AND BAROQUE MUSIC (22-24 September)
Guests to the festival will be musicians from Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Austria,
Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Hungary, France,
USA and others. The program presents music composed within a seven century period - from the XV to the XXI century. Traditionally, the festival gives
special attention to Bulgarian music with an authors’ concert of the composer Milko Kolarov for his 70th anniversary
and with works by Pancho Vladigerov, Vasil Kazandzhiev, Mihail
Pekov, Petko Staynov.
The program includes several Bulgarian premieres of
works from outstanding contemporary composers : Concerto for viola and
strings by Keith Jarrett, vocal cycle "Schuon Lieder" by John
Tavener Concerto for violin and orchestra
by Philip Glass and the world premiere
of "Paraphrase-concertante for
piano and orchestra" by
The module Opera in the Open-air Theater includes six new
productions, among others is the world premiere of the musical "The Count of Monte
Cristo" by Yves Dessca.