Songs of Life recounts how ordinary citizens and government and church officials saved 49,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Nazis. This largely unknown and uplifting event in the dark history of the Holocaust will be told through a concert that combines the musical forces of a full orchestra, a choir from Bulgaria, choirs from around the U.S. and soloists.
Who are the performers?
A Melancholy Beauty combines classical choral-orchestral music with Bulgarian musical influences and traditional instruments such as the gadulka (a type of lute) and kaval (flute). The soloists will perform the roles of several key players in the drama including King Boris, the head of the Orthodox Church, a pro-Nazi commissar, his private secretary who warned the Jews, and a political leader who opposed the deportation.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets range from $29-$59 and can be purchased online at capitoltickets.com.
This blog post is contributed by Varna International, the production organization for Songs of Life Festival: A Melancholy Beauty and musical tours and conductors workshops throughout Europe. You can learn more about Songs of Life and Varna International at www.songsoflife.org, on Facebook and Twitter.