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Bulgarian Virtuosity

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We brought together traditional Bulgarian music and gave the US Premiere of works by Pancho Vladiguerov in a concert at Roulette Intermedium

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In 2019, we invited Bulgarika to perform alongside EXO in a celebration of the virtuosic musical tradition of Bulgaria, including the traditional ensemble consisting of tambura, gadulka, gaida, kaval, and tapan. We celebrated the Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladiguerov, performing the US Premiere of his Five Pieces for String Orchestra, and commissioned composers to write arrangements or settings of traditional Bulgarian melodies, including Patrick Castillo, Lainie Fefferman, Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Kate Ettinger, Michi Wiancko, and James Blachly.

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Ethel Smyth, the British suffragist, has found another advocate in the conductor James Blachly, whose recording of her last major work, “The Prison,” from 1931, exudes quality (Chandos) — an album of the year, by any measure.

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